Samsung Packs A number of Antennas In One Field To Seduce European Telecom Corporations – Telecoms.com
Samsung has removed the covers of a new radio design that it hopes will continue to gain traction among European telecommunications companies.
The Korean electronics giant has won fans with its 5G portfolio – especially in markets that Huawei and ZTE have closed their doors. A good example would be Samsung’s $ 6.6 billion five-year contract with Verizon, which the company signed last year.
On this side of the pond, Samsung tried to woo Deutsche Telekom with its stand-alone 5G products and es recently won praise for being selected by Vodafone to supply equipment for the telecommunications company’s OpenRAN deployment.
This week Samsung unveiled its One Antenna Radio, which consolidates a 3.5 GHz massive MIMO radio with passive low-band and mid-band antennas into a single form factor.
“As we recognized that assembly hardware, cabling, time and space constraints for the crew are a challenge for most operators, we have developed a solution to address this problem and expand the operational limits,” said Wonil Roh, SVP and Head of Product Strategy at Samsung Networks Business, in a statement.
Putting multiple antennas in a single box should result in easier installation as there is no need to connect each one individually. This should lead to lower labor and maintenance costs. It also takes up less space on a tower and helps operators save on-site rental costs. Plus, it just looks better to screw an ugly box with a wire or two sticking out onto the side of a building instead of several.
Operators are in a rush to expand 5G coverage and capacity, all because more and more cellular sites are being rolled out. Analyst firm Dell’Oro said earlier this year that it expects global 5G core and RAN investments to exceed $ 20 billion in 2021. Investment in massive MIMO is projected to exceed $ 10 billion.
“As operators continue to expand their 5G coverage, space and space constraints at sites and on towers are one of the biggest challenges,” Samsung said this week. “The all-in-one radio from Samsung meets different environmental and location requirements – simplifies installation, saves space and reduces operating costs.”
Samsung said its new antenna will become part of its end-to-end RAN portfolio in early 2022 and will “target the European market initially”.
It is interesting that the first port of call for Samsung’s One Antenna Radio is Europe, and it indicates the scale of its ambitions to become a serious player in the global infrastructure market. In addition, Europe is generously scattered with old cities, where the pressure is that high-speed connections do not come at the expense of beautiful-looking buildings. So it’s a market that lends itself to such products.
Ericsson and Nokia are probably not worried just yet – after all, they no longer have to compete with Huawei and ZTE in several lucrative European markets. However, Samsung is here to stay and it has Europe firmly in its sights.
Here’s a video of the entire launch event that also covered virtualization, 6G, and the like.