|[February 21, 2019]
Samsung Joins O-RAN Alliance to Advance Open Innovation in Networking Technologies
Samsung (News - Alert) Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced that it has entered the
O-RAN Alliance, joining global carriers and networking technology
suppliers in their commitment to design and implement a more open
Founded in 2018, the O-RAN Alliance is an industry-wide, carrier-led
effort to integrate greater intelligence into the radio access networks
of next-generation wireless systems. The alliance encourages companies
to transition to cloud-based, virtual systems powered by multi-vendor
networks and open interfaces.
An open approach enables the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to help
operators better manage their networks through automation, as they
evolve to 5G. This can accelerate delivery of next-generation 5G
capabilities to consumers and businesses - including AR/VR, autonomous
technologies and high-quality video streaming. Using best-in-class
technologies on open networks can enhance feature performance by
intelligently allocating bandwidth to the applications that need it most
at a given moment.
"Samsung is an etablished pioneer in networking technology, from 2G to
4G LTE (News - Alert) and 5G NR-and through this evolution, we've been committed to
fostering innovation through openness," said Juha Lappalainen, Vice
President, Networks Division, Samsung Electronics America. "We're
excited to partner with carriers and suppliers in the O-RAN Alliance to
help design the standards that will optimize today's networks to meet
increasing demands of next-generation users."
Samsung plans to take an active role in O-RAN'S work and will join
relevant working groups within O-RAN to spearhead initiatives that
include a focus on innovation through network virtualization and open
standards development. These are critical areas that operators look for
in building next-generation networks and bringing intelligence to its
Prior to its O-RAN Alliance membership, Samsung Networks was a leading
contributor to the xRAN Forum, a predecessor to the O-RAN Alliance in
which Samsung was instrumental in the creation of the xRAN Fronthaul
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