Over the last few years, Samsung Networks has worked closely with its carrier partners to advance 5G, beginning with pre-commercial trials that tested the power of 5G in moving vehicles, test labs, and on-site locations ranging from stadiums to businesses to schools. Those trials led to the commercial launch of Verizon 5G Home in four U.S. cities
last October. And the innovation continues with Samsung’s support of the recent launch of Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband, available in Providence and Denver.
With each step, Samsung’s focus has been on creating open interfaces within radio access networks, enabling new services to be more efficiently delivered to consumers and businesses. It’s through an open approach that multi-vendor networks can be effectively leveraged, enabling greater flexibility in network management and the ability to speed delivery of new services and applications to customers – including mixed reality, industrial automation and IoT.
These efforts to drive multi-vendor RAN capabilities provide flexibility, efficiency and the ability to drive best-in-class solutions within the network. Continuing to advance open interfaces in the RAN is important as it will allow:
• Operators to use a variety of architectures and deployment scenarios to meet on-going data demands, which will only increase as 5G enables more businesses and consumers to unlock its lower latency and greater bandwidth.
• More efficient deployment and operations of the network via greater software-based networking functions that can be run on commoditized hardware (servers) in a cloud computing environment, whether at the edge or, in a data center.
• New opportunities to monetize network capabilities and increase the potential for profitability through new services and greater network agility.
Through this open interface approach to networks, operators can gain the kind of Web-scale anticipated to introduce 5G applications. And as multi-vendor RAN offers more opportunities to change the landscape of wireless networks, Samsung will look to collaborate with innovative service providers to drive more flexible and dynamic network services.