The equipment would also include support for open interfaces, dubbed Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN), that aim to reduce reliance on any one vendor by making every part of a telecom network interoperable.
Samsung is trying to challenge the incumbents in the 5G mobile network equipment industry, dominated by China’s Huawei, Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia .
With geopolitical pressures hampering Huawei’s growth outside China, the European companies were able to gain market share.
However, Samsung gained prominence by winning https://www.reuters.com/article/us-samsung-elec-verizon-idUSKBN25Y00Z a $6.6 billion 5G contract from Verizon in the United States, replacing Nokia.
It got a contract from Canada’s SaskTel earlier this month and is also in talks https://www.reuters.com/article/samsung-europe-5g-idCNL1N2IP396 with European telecom operators to gain a foothold on the continent.
Nokia is also a 5G equipment supplier to NTT, which had earlier used equipment developed by NEC and Samsung.
“This announcement cements Samsung’s position as a major 5G RAN supplier,” said Stefan Pongratz, Vice President at research firm Dell’Oro.