This undated photo provided by Samsung Electronics Co. shows the company's 5G-ready massive MIMO equipment installed in Chicago. (Yonhap)
Samsung Electronics said Monday it will supply its latest 5G network solutions to Vodafone, a London-based telecommunications giant, a move that will expand its presence in Europe.
Under the deal, the South Korean tech giant will provide its commercial virtualized radio access network solutions and open radio network-compliant 5G radios to Vodafone UK. The value of the deal was not disclosed.
It marks the first major deal whereby Samsung will supply its cloud native vRAN solutions to the European market.
"This is a major step forward, as more operators are transitioning into new RAN technologies to prioritize user experience and efficiency," said Paul Kyungwhoon Cheun, head of networks business at Samsung.
Its fully-virtualized RAN is software-based that operates on commercial off-the-shelf servers that can deliver equivalent performances to traditional hardware-based equipment, according to Samsung. Virtualized RAN and O-RAN are considered key technologies for the next-generation 5G services.
Samsung has been trying to expand its presence in the network equipment market in recent years as industry leader Huawei has been slapped with US sanctions over security reasons.
Samsung has inked 5G equipment contracts in countries like Canada, New Zealand and Japan. (Yonhap)