Samsung wins 5G machine deal from Japan’s NTT Docomo, Telecom Information and ET Telecom

STOCKHOLM: Samsung Electronics Co received an order from Japanese wireless operator NTT Docomo Inc to supply 5G network equipment on Monday as the South Korean company positions itself as a challenger in the telecommunications business.

Devices also include support for open interfaces known as Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN), which aim to reduce reliance on one provider by making every part of a telecommunications network interoperable.

Samsung is trying to challenge the established companies in the 5G cellular device industry dominated by China’s Huawei, Sweden’s Ericsson and Finland’s Nokia.

European companies were able to gain market share due to geopolitical pressures that hampered Huawei’s growth outside of China.

However, Samsung gained notoriety by winning a $ 6.6 billion 5G contract from Verizon in the US at https://www.reuters.com/article/us-samsung-elec-verizon-idUSKBN25Y00Z, replacing Nokia.

It won a contract with Canada’s SaskTel earlier this month and is also in talks with European telecom operators to get a foothold on the continent.

Nokia is also a 5G equipment supplier for NTT, which had previously used equipment developed by NEC and Samsung.

“This announcement consolidates Samsung’s position as a major 5G RAN provider,” said Stefan Pongratz, vice president of the research company Dell’Oro.

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