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Samsung Selected as a 4G LTE Open RAN Provider on Verizonís 4G LTE Network

Companies collaborate to actively advance an open, virtualized infrastructure model


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Samsung Electronics America, today announced it has been selected by Verizon to assist in advancing their 4G LTE Open RAN initiative.

With this collaboration, both companies are working to increase network efficiencies, advance inter-carrier interoperability, and prepare a path for virtualized RAN and 5G commercialization. Samsung will supply Verizon with equipment including Remote Radio Heads (RRHs) and Baseband Units (BBUs). These key network elements will also support Verizonís Open RAN initiative by allowing the ability to interwork with other ecosystem providers. All supporting equipment will continue to enable Verizonís LTE Advanced capabilities as well as current CAT-M and future Narrow Band IOT platforms.

ďWe are committed to offering our customers a best-in-class network experience through enabling new technology partnerships in an open network ecosystem,Ē said Ed Chan, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Architect, Corporate Network& Technology, Verizon.

ďSamsung is excited to support Verizon as they advance their 4G LTE network and build the next generation of wireless networks,Ē said Mark Louison, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Networks Division, Samsung Electronics America.† ďItís imperative that we as an industry continue to engineer networks, so we can deliver unprecedented, enhanced user experiences as technologies evolve.Ē

Samsung Networks has been a provider of Verizon femto cells for many years. This latest agreement expands the companiesí relationship to include larger scale 4G LTE Macro gear.† This includes incorporating the next generation of Samsung Baseband Units and Remote Radio Heads, with planned deployment in 2018.


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