KDDI and Samsung Partner to Advance 5G Global Network Slicing

Samsung Electronics and Japanese telecom KDDI have successfully validated 5G network slicing technology, the South Korean tech company announced. According to Samsung, the test was conducted in a Tokyo lab using a RAN intelligent controller with a cellphone, a 5G base station, and 5G standalone core equipment. This announcement marks the firms’ continuous efforts to enhance network slicing, a market that is predicted to grow at a rate of more than 50% each year between 2023 and 2030. In January 2023, KDDI and Samsung performed field testing that successfully achieved service level agreement (SLA) assurance network slicing on a live 5G standalone (SA) network in Tokyo, Japan.

Additionally, for the first time, the firms demonstrated network slicing with a RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC). The 5G network slicing design allows for the multiplexing of virtualized and separate logical networks on the same physical network. Each slice is utilized for a distinct purpose, allowing networks to be extremely fast and have extremely low latency. Due to its low latency and excellent dependability, the technology will aid in services such as autonomous driving, cloud gaming, and industrial Internet of Things applications. It will also boost connection speeds for applications such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and ultra-high-resolution video streaming.

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Samsung has been a trailblazer in the successful delivery of 5G end-to-end solutions, including chipsets, radios, and cores. Samsung promotes the industry’s advancement of 5G networks through continued research and development with its market-leading product portfolio, which includes vRAN 3.0, Open RAN, and Core, as well as private network solutions and AI-powered automation tools. As per the findings of Samsung and KDDI, customers may switch between an ultra-fast virtual network and an ultra-low-latency network without sacrificing connection quality for particular services.

Junehee Lee, Executive Vice President, Head of Global Sales & Marketing, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics, states, Combining Samsung’s strong technical expertise and KDDI’s business acumen, this new alliance will help us facilitate innovation with a shared commitment to keep advancing 5G to the next level. We look forward to expanding our collaboration with KDDI to fully tap into the numerous opportunities that 5G network slicing offers.”

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