Samsung and Intel deepen vRAN partnership

The 4th generation Intel Xeon Scalable CPUs with Intel vRAN Boost are being used in a new product innovation partnership that Intel and Samsung announced today. As long as a cutting-edge, fully virtualized architecture supports their networks, operators will be able to meet their stringent capacity, coverage, quality, and total cost of ownership requirements with the help of Samsung’s vRAN 3.0 and 4th Gen Intel Xeon scalable processors with Intel vRAN Boost. This isn’t the first time both firms have worked together since 2017 on developing vRANs (Virtual radio access networks).

The businesses demonstrated the effectiveness of their integrated solutions in Tier One operators’ commercial networks in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan. In order to perform their baseband operations as software, telecommunications operators might use vRANs. The latest vRAN 3.0 software capabilities, including 3-cell 200 MHz support for the 64T64R Massive MIMO radio, power-saving features, and advanced automation, are what enable Samsung to continue to offer advanced virtualized network solutions. This helps the operators implement a great and adaptable RAN solution.

Jeongho Park, Vice President and Head of the Technology Strategy Group, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics, opened up: “Intel has been a close innovation partner within Samsung’s 5G vRAN ecosystem, helping advance our goal of working with industry-leading innovators to develop and commercialize best-in-class vRAN solutions that meet the highest standards. We are excited to expand upon our collaboration with technology leaders like Intel to bring forth the next wave of vRAN enhancements, including reduced power consumption, automation, and increased flexibility. This enables customers to benefit from a host of performance- and efficiency-enhancing vRAN capabilities, delivering one of the most powerful RAN solutions in the world.”

In addition to its cutting-edge features, Samsung vRAN also supports Multiple Radio Access Technology (Multi-RAT) spanning 2G, 4G, and 5G for greater flexibility in managing mobile networks. In the second half of 2023, this enhanced vRAN service is predicted to be commercially available as soon as the interoperability testing between the firms is completed successfully. With its industry-leading product portfolio, which includes vRAN 3.0, Open RAN, Core, private network solutions, and AI-powered automation tools, Samsung continues to push the industry to 5G networks progressively.

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