Samsung chosen as 4G LTE Open RAN provider

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

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 Verizon´s Open RAN initiative by allowing the ability to interwork with other ecosystem providers. All supporting equipment will continue to enable Verizon´s LTE Advanced capabilities as well as current CAT-M and future Narrow Band IoT platforms.

Samsung Networks has been a provider of Verizon femto cells for many years. This latest agreement expands the companies´ 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.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovative provider of consumer electronics, mobile devices and enterprise solutions.