Samsung seeks European expansion with 3UK LTE deployment
Samsung is hoping for further network deployments in the European market having signed its first contract in the region with Hutchison Whampoa subsidiary, Three UK (3UK).
The South Korean vendor will provide 3UK with its LTE Radio Access Network (RAN) and 3G/LTE core infrastructure solutions.
LTE base stations will be deployed across 3UK’s nationwide network, with a trial period expected to begin this year. Full deployment and commercialisation will follow in 2013.
"Three's customers will start benefitting from this investment in our core network early next year and those benefits will grow further as we deploy new spectrum," said Dave Dyson, CEO of Three UK.
"Samsung's advanced network technology will help us to continue to deliver the most enjoyable smartphone experience. In Samsung's home market operators are busy turning off 2G. In the UK, Three is the only operator without a 2G network which means more and more consumers are choosing the network built for the internet."
Samsung said that it will be significantly accelerating its investment and business footprint in Europe this year having established a specialist organisation in 2011, European Network Operations (ENO), to oversee its 4G business in the region.
Other telcos which have selected Samsung for their LTE network deployment include US-based MetroPCS and South Korean operators KT and SK Telecom.