Samsung and Ciena partner to deliver 5G network solutions

Samsung and Ciena partner to deliver 5G network solutions

27 October 2021 | Natalie Bannerman

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Samsung Electronics (Samsung) and Ciena have entered into an agreement to deliver 5G network solutions.

Together Samsung's 5G solutions with Ciena’s xHaul solutions will support the next-generation of high-bandwidth applications and services driven by expanding 5G networks. The collaboration will offer hardware and software solutions to telecom operators, enabling them to support the increasing volume of 5G data traffic at the edge and within an increasingly distributed 5G architecture.

“As 5G proliferates, immersive services like AR/VR and HD video streaming are becoming the center of our daily mobile lives. In order to deliver more powerful 5G services, the current network architecture needs to evolve,” said Wonil Roh, senior vice president and head of product strategy, networks business at Samsung Electronics.

“Samsung’s ability to couple our best-in-class 5G solutions with a leader in transport technologies like Ciena will give customers a solution to address this need, and do so with the confidence to scale and evolve their networks to support the future of 5G.”

Specifically, by combining Samsung’s 5G RAN and Core with Ciena’s xHaul routing and switching portfolio and next-gen Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller will enable customers to maximise 5G services, while providing efficient ways to manage massive data across networks and to the cloud.

This in turn will help accelerate the deployment of advanced applications enhanced by 5G, such as network slicing, IoT and automation through AI. The combined offer will also deliver a validated solution, providing more compatible, faster, and simplified implementations of 5G networks.

“Together with Samsung, we’re fueling the next generation of mobile connectivity to unleash the full potential of 5G,” said Matt Cook, vice president of global partner organisation at Ciena.

“As both companies are leading innovators in our respective spaces with strong customer bases for these portfolios, this powerful collaboration leverages our collective leadership to create best-in-breed 5G networks that are open, scalable and adaptive.”

The total combined offering will comprise of an end-to-end solution set including Ciena’s xHaul routing and switching portfolio, and next-generation MCP domain controller, and Samsung’s Core and RAN portfolio, including virtualised RAN (vRAN) solutions, baseband units and radios.