Samsung and TPG Telecom to Test Australia’s First 5G vRAN with Integrated 26GHz mmWave Solution

Companies join forces to bring the full power of 5G for mobile and fixed wireless services to Glebe

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced that the company will conduct the first 5G virtualized RAN (vRAN) trial in Australia on 26 GHz, using the integrated mmWave solution, for mobile and fixed wireless services with TPG Telecom. As part of the trial, the first of its kind in the country, Samsung will place its vRAN solution in TPG Telecom’s brand new innovation lab in Glebe, NSW. Additionally, Samsung’s latest 5G mmWave product, Compact Macro, will be rolled out in the larger Glebe area.

The announcement follows Samsung’s Networks Business launch in Australia in April 2021, and since then the company has been exploring delivery of Samsung’s leading 5G mmWave technologies to the country.

TPG Telecom, one of the leading mobile network operators in Australia, operates a number of leading mobile and internet brands in Australia, including Vodafone. Recently, TPG Telecom announced its investment of AUD 108 million to acquire spectrum in all available license areas in the 26 GHz band, tripling its total spectrum holdings. With abundant mmWave spectrum, TPG Telecom will be able to offer high-speed data services and immersive use cases for its mobile and home users. TPG Telecom’s extensive fiber assets combined with a small cell network will enable the deployment of the vRAN architecture.

For the trial, Samsung will provide its Compact Macro and vRAN solution. Samsung’s latest compact 5G macro brings a baseband, radio, and antenna together in one form factor. This compact and lightweight solution can be easily installed on the sides of buildings, as well as on utility poles, for rapid construction of 5G networks. Samsung’s industry-leading commercial vRAN solution is built on the company’s independently developed stack and runs on Commercial Servers (COTS). As a leader in vRAN, Samsung has commercially deployed its large-scale vRAN solution for global Tier 1 carrier networks in markets outside of Australia, and recently expanded its capability to support MIMO radio. massive at 3.5 GHz, which many industry voices say would be difficult to support with vRAN. Additionally, Samsung’s 5G vRAN on mmWave, already commercially deployed in global markets including Japan, Korea, and the United States, has the capacity to support multi-gigabit speeds, delivering technological efficiency and deployment benefits, while delivering transformational 5G mobile experiences.

“We are very pleased to partner with Samsung as part of our new innovation lab to drive product and technology innovation by testing virtualization.” said Iñaki Berroeta, CEO of TPG Telecom. “Deploying mmWave spectrum on our 5G network with the vRAN architecture will allow us to develop exciting 5G use cases for verticals and deliver even faster speeds and greater capacity to our customers. “

“Samsung is delighted to begin this trial with TPG Telecom powered by our innovative 5G vRAN solution and the latest integrated 26 GHz mmWave product, which will be the first in Australia.” said Woojune Kim, executive vice president, head of global sales and marketing, network operations at Samsung Electronics. “Through a combination of our powerful 5G solutions and our continued efforts in the development of 5G, Samsung looks forward to helping TPG Telecom take full advantage of 5G to redefine the value of mobile experiences for users and businesses. . “

Samsung Networks has pioneered the successful delivery of end-to-end 5G solutions, including chipsets, radios and cores. Through continuous research and development, Samsung is pushing the industry to advance 5G networks with its industry-leading product portfolio, from fully virtualized RAN and Core solutions to private network solutions and automation tools powered by AI. The company currently provides network solutions to mobile operators that provide connectivity to hundreds of millions of users around the world.

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