A Samsung executive has claimed the role of virtualised RAN (vRAN) technology in wireless networks will continue to grow even when telcos move onto 6G and beyond. The claim comes days after Verizon and Samsung announced the completion of a fully virtualised 5G data session over C-band spectrum, from 4GHz to 8GHz. Samsung is currently the network equipment provider for the US telcos’ 5G network deployment, having signed a $6.6 billion supply contract last year. “Samsung has been partners with Verizon for a long time,” Samsung Networks vice president and head of advanced system design lab Jeongho Park told ZDNet. “Some years ago, when vRAN was just beginning to gain traction, Verizon expressed their desire to shift to vRAN. When we received this request, we were already preparing to launch vRAN. We began making preparations to launch a virtualised distributed unit around 2018, having already developed a virtualised central unit prior to that for a full vRAN solution.” Samsung launched its first “fully” virtualised 5G RAN last year , which includes a virtualised distributed unit for its virtualised central unit that went into service a year prior in 2019. “vRAN requires technology, optimisation, and commercialisation experience. We believe Samsung is… Read full this story
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