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Samsung and Ciena collaborate with new 5G solutions

By Ryan Morris-Reade, Mon 1 Nov 2021

Samsung and Ciena have entered into an agreement to deliver 5G network solutions to the market. 

Under the new agreement, Samsung will be able to couple Ciena's xHaul solutions with its own 5G solutions, supporting the next generation of high-bandwidth applications and services driven by expanding 5G networks.

The two companies will collaborate to offer hardware and software solutions for telecom operators, enabling them to support the expanding volume of 5G data traffic at the edge within an increasingly distributed 5G architecture.

"As 5G proliferates, immersive services such as AR/VR and HD video streaming are becoming the centre of our daily mobile lives," says Samsung Electronics senior vice president and head of Product Strategy, Networks Business, Wonil Roh.

"To deliver more powerful 5G services, the current network architecture needs to evolve. 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."

By combining Samsung's 5G RAN and Core with Ciena's xHaul Routing and Switching portfolio and next-generation Manage, Control and Plan domain controller, customers will have an optimised offer that takes full advantage of 5G services while providing efficient ways to manage massive data across networks and to the cloud. 

Ciena says this will help accelerate the deployment of advanced applications enhanced by 5G, such as network slicing, IoT and automation through AI. The combined offer will deliver a validated solution that provides more compatible, faster, and simplified implementations of 5G networks.

"Together with Samsung, we're fuelling the next generation of mobile connectivity to unleash the full potential of 5G," says Ciena vice president, Global Partner Organisation, Matt Cook.

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

The combined offer will comprise an end-to-end solution set that includes Ciena's xHaul Routing and Switching portfolio, MCP domain controller, and Samsung's Core and RAN portfolio, including virtualised RAN (vRAN) solutions, baseband units and radios. The resulting solution set is available immediately.

Samsung Networks has delivered 5G solutions that include chipsets, radios, and core. Through ongoing research and development, Samsung helps the industry advance 5G networks with its product portfolio of fully virtualised RAN and Core to private network solutions and AI-powered automation tools. 

Ciena is an industry leader in coherent optical, routing and switching and analytics-driven automation. The company's innovations underpin many of the world's largest mobile backhaul networks, including the world's largest mobile network operators.

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