Samsung and Optage to build private 5G network in Japan
Samsung Electronics will implement a dedicated private 5G network at Japanese service provider Optage’s plant facility. The network will support 4K Ultra HD-based live-streaming videos, transmitted from multiple devices, including cameras located throughout the plant, establishing a real-time video monitoring system.
With the new video system, site inspections can be conducted remotely from a control center, allowing for early failure detection, eliminating the need for technicians to visit hard-to-reach locations, as well as improving the facility’s productivity, efficiency and safety.
“Samsung is proud to leverage our private 5G network solutions to provide a solid foundation for new 5G use cases and services, boosting productivity and safety for various enterprises,” said Satoshi Iwao, vice president and head of network division at Samsung Electronics Japan. “We believe that private 5G networks have immense potential and are ready-made to transform the enterprise landscape. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with OPTAGE to support its private 5G network expansion in Japan.”
The network will include Samsung’s radios, baseband unit and Compact Core, a cloud-native and fully containerized solution that is built to provide enterprises an advanced 5G core solution.
Optage provides a number of connectivity services to businesses, as well as internet and telephone services for more than 1,625,000 Japanese households, according to the companies website.
Last year, Samsung deployed another dedicated private 5G network in Japan at an Electronics and Kyocera Communication Systems (KCCS) manufacturing facility, rebuilding it as a smart factory. Prior to this partnership, the vendor took a step to lower the barrier to entry for deployment of private 5G networks in enterprises in the form of a partnership with Microsoft on an end-to-end, cloud-based private 5G network solution. The two companies plan to advance the virtualization of 5G solutions, which will include the deployment of Samsung’s virtualized RAN, virtualized Core, and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) technologies on Microsoft Azure.