Samsung Electronics supports NTT East’s 5G private efforts
Samsung has been focusing on the provision of private 5G networks in a number of markets including Japan, Korea and the U.S.
Korean vendor Samsung Electronics announced it is currently supporting Japanese telco NTT East’s private 5G network expansion.
In a release, the company said that its cloud-native 5G macro core and Radio Access Network (RAN) will enable the Japanese carrier to provide diversified use cases for enterprises across various industries in Japan.
This commercial service expansion by NTT East follows the companies’ ongoing collaboration since the announcement of NTT East’s selection of Samsung as its private 5G network solutions vendor in March 2022. Since then, the companies have completed several demonstrations and tests to optimize Samsung’s private 5G network solutions for NTT East customers.
“We are excited to expand our collaboration with NTT East in the buildout of robust and reliable private 5G networks in Japan,” said Satoshi Iwao, VP and head of the network division at Samsung Electronics Japan. “Samsung’s end-to-end 5G network solutions deliver on the capabilities required to meet the unique requirements of each enterprise.”
Samsung noted that the private 5G network solutions provided to NTT East include its indoor and outdoor radios, baseband units as well as the companies’ advanced core solution. The Korean company also said that those solutions support the mid-band (4.7 GHz) spectrum dedicated to private 5G networks in Japan.
Samsung indicated that some of the 5G-powered use cases will include: Autonomous Guided Vehicle (AGV) to enhance work efficiency at manufacturing facilities, self-driving tractors to support smart agriculture, multi-angle live streaming to enhance eSports experiences and AI-based visual inspection systems using wearable cameras at construction sites.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is also collaborating on this project, by providing its 5G core subscriber data management cloud-native network functions.
“We are excited to collaborate with Samsung and NTT East for Japan’s Local 5G project,” said Tom Craig, VP and general manager of HPE Communications and Technology Group (CTG). “Local 5G is a strategic area of focus for HPE, and we have an extensive 5G and private communications portfolio of software and infrastructure solutions. Our solutions are built to optimize collaboration between service providers, system integrators and enterprises, providing flexible deployment models and simplified operations.”
Samsung has been focusing on the provision of private 5G networks in a number of markets including Japan, Korea and the U.S. In Korea, Samsung supported the launch of what it claimed to be the first private 5G network deployment in the country.
In August, Samsung also announced a tranche of new private 5G deployments in its home country, including with three public sector agencies and two private sector hospitals. The vendor noted that those projects are part of the government initiative to advance the country’s private 5G ecosystem, allowing non-telecom operators to build and operate 5G networks using 4.7 GHz and 28 GHz — which are the dedicated frequency bands for private 5G networks in Korea.
Samsung said it was selected in each case – by three state-owned utilities and two privately-owned hospitals – “as part of the government’s” drive to release spectrum for industrial change. Its three public sector contracts – with Korea Electric Power Corporation, Korea Industrial Complex Corporation, and Korea Water Resources Corporation – are geared around “workplace safety and efficiency,” it said.