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Samsung will deploy 5G vRAN in KDDI’s mid-band network

Among other capabilities, virtualized networks will enable 5G network slicing Samsung is deploying its cloud-native, fully virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN) solutions for mid-band spectrum in KDDI’s 5G network, following the successful completion of a 5G Standalone (SA) call using Samsung’s vRAN and another vendor’s...

Nokia secures deal to expand Spark 5G rollout in New Zealand

Nokia announced that it has been selected by New Zealand operator Spark to support its 5G rollout, which will provide 5G coverage to approximately 90% of the population by the end of 2023. Under the terms of the deal, Spark will deploy Nokia’s latest 5G...

Vodafone Idea launches 5G trials in two Indian cities

Indian operator Vodafone Idea said it is conducting 5G trials using spectrum allocated by the government in the cities of Pune and Gandhinagar, the carrier said in a release. The telco stated it also achieved peak download speeds of 1.5 Gbps using the 3.5 GHz...

Singtel unveils new uses cases for 5G SA technology in Singapore

Singaporean telco Singtel launched a number of 5G Standalone (SA) use cases, the carrier said in a release. Singtel said it continues to expand its 5G network, which now covers over two-thirds of Singapore, adding sites in densely populated areas like Choa Chu Kang, Punggol,...

South Korea ends June with almost 16.5 million 5G subscribers: report

South Korea ended June with a total of 16.47 million 5G subscribers, local news agency Yonhap reported, citing data from the Ministry of Science and ICT. 5G subscribers at the end of June represented 23% of the total 71.63 million mobile subscriptions in the country,...

IDC: Smartphone shipments up 13% in Q2

The global smartphone market grew even faster than IDC had expected during the second quarter, beating the analyst firm's predicted growth rate of 12.5% to come in at 13.2%, according to preliminary data from IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Smartphone OEMs shipped about 313.2...

Verizon and Samsung complete fully virtualized 5G data session on C Band spectrum

Verizon added an average of 161 MHz of C Band spectrum nationwide to its portfolio, more than doubling its existing mid-band spectrum Using its recently acquired C Band spectrum, Verizon teamed up with Samsung Electronics on an end-to-end fully virtualized 5G data session in a...

Samsung expands SDN lineup, covering ‘all layers of the architecture’

Samsung exec: 'Networks are becoming more agile with SDN technology in the 5G era' Samsung Electronics said that it’s expanding its portfolio of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) solutions to add new capabilities designed with 5G network management flexibility in mind. The full lineup of SDN will...

Samsung and GBL deploy 5G testbeds for US DoD for AR, VR military training

The US DoD testbeds will use Samsung’s mmWave and mid-band 5G radios Samsung and GBL Systems Corporation (GBL), which provides advanced technology solutions to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), have begun deployment of new 5G testbeds for Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)...

Samsung scores first big 5G break in Europe with Vodafone partnership

Samsung will provide 5G equipment for 2,500 rural sites in the south-west of England and Wales Samsung has made significant headway in the European telecommunications market with its new Vodafone partnership, its first large-scale deal with a European operator. The British carrier selected the vendor...

Singtel launches 5G SA network in Singapore

Singaporean operator Singtel announced the launch of its 5G Standalone (SA) network in the country. The Asian carrier says that 5G SA will enable applications like self-driving cars, real-time immersive entertainment, and massive IoT connections. “We are thrilled to introduce supercharged connectivity on Singapore’s most powerful...

Covid-19 pandemic could delay 5G launch in India: Bharti Airtel

The Covid-19 pandemic would potentially delay the launch of 5G technology in India, Gopal Vittal, CEO of Indian telecommunications company Bharti Airtel said during a press conference. India has been struggling for several months with a national wave of COVID-19 infections that has overwhelmed hospitals...

Samsung, Play to begin 4G, 5G interoperability trials in Poland

The trials will test the interoperability between Play’s 2G/3G legacy networks and Samsung’s latest solutions Samsung Electronics is beginning work with Polish mobile operator Play on 4G and 5G trials in Warsaw, Poland. The trials will take place in Play’s labs and commercial networks and...

India authorizes 5G trials with four vendors

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has authorized local carriers to carry out trials of 5G technology in the country. In a statement, DoT said that the permits were given to Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Vodafone Idea and MTNL, which will carry out these 5G...

Could the ongoing chip shortage linger until 2023?

Intel and TSMC CEOs update on chip production outlook An ongoing global shortage of semiconductors, caused by a number of related factors, has chip makers planning massive capital spends to bulk up production capacity and the U.S. government conducting a review of the global chip...

Samsung carrier business settles in Australia with 5G mmWave solution in tow

The initial offerings will include the Samsung Compact Macro 5G mmWave radio solution Samsung Electronics Australia is opening its telecommunications networks operations, Samsung Networks Business, in Australia, with initial offerings including the company’s Compact Macro 5G millimeter-wave (mmWave) radio solution, which is functional in both 26GHz...

Samsung to provide Open RAN-compliant solutions to NTT DoCoMo

Japanese mobile service provider NTT DoCoMo has selected Samsung as a 5G network solution provider. Samsung will specifically support the carrier’s next phase of its Open RAN development. The agreement represents the first time that Samsung has directly supplied 5G kit to NTT DoCoMo. Last...

Samsung and Spark New Zealand bring 5G to Christchurch

Samsung and Spark have been working together on 5G trials since 2019 Samsung announced its first network installation in New Zealand, where it has worked with Spark New Zealand to launch a 5G network in Christchurch, the most populous city in South Island of New...

Samsung reaches 5.23 Gbps 5G speeds using EN-DC, carrier aggregation

EN-DC enables mobile operators to use a 4G network to boost 5G speed, coverage Earlier this week, Samsung Electronics revealed that it has achieved a breakthrough in 5G data speeds using E-UTRAN New Radio Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) technology, which enables mobile operators to use a...

Samsung, Deutsche Telekom complete 5G SA trial in Czech Republic

5G SA is the next phase of next-gen network rollouts Samsung and Deutsche Telekom completed the Czech Republic’s first 5G Standalone (SA) trial in Pilsen. During the trial, the two companies verified the performance of 5G SA Multi-User, Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MU-MIMO) technologies using Samsung’s massive...

Samsung considers $10 billion US-based chip manufacturing plant

The Texas chip manufacturing plant would produce 3-nanometer processors Reports indicate that Samsung's semiconductor manufacturing arm is considering an approximately $10 billion investment in a fab in Texas that would produce chips on a 3-nanometer (3nm) process. This wouldn’t be the company’s first Texas plant....

The Sunday Brief: Verizon at CES—let the renaissance begin

More snowy and chilly greetings from Jefferson City and Willard, Missouri, as well as the Tar Heel state, where we anxiously await next week’s warmup.  The opening picture is from a Zoom presentation last week to the Colorado Wireless Association (COWA).  A terrific discussion...

Samsung Galaxy S21 supports 5G carrier aggregation

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 can aggregate T-Mobile's 600 MHz and 2.5 GHz 5G bands Samsung this week debuted its latest flagship, the Galaxy S21, with across-the-board feature advancements and, of course, support for non-standalone and standalone 5G both sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave. Of interest n...

Samsung’s ‘better normal’ includes at-home robots and AI

At CES 2021, Samsung introduced new consumer robot concepts At this year’s virtual CES, Samsung’s President and Head of Research Sabastian Seung made the company’s goal of enhancing the at-home experience very clear. “Our world looks different, and many of you have been faced with...

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