Samsung, Cisco Team Up to Support Orange's First Multi-Vendor 5G FWA Trial in Europe

14 February 2018
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Samsung, Cisco Team Up to Support Orange's First Multi-Vendor 5G FWA Trial in Europe Image Credit: Samsung

Samsung and Cisco announced collaboration to support Orange's 5G millimeter wave trial set to begin in the second half of 2018, across multiple homes in Romania. 

Lat year, the companies completed the deployment of Verizon's first multi-vendor end-to-end 5G trial network in the field in the US.

Samsung will provide commercial 5G home routers (indoor and outdoor customer-premises equipment (CPE)), 5G Radio Access Units (RAN) comprised of a compact radio base station and virtualized RAN elements, as well as 5G radio frequency planning services. 

Cisco will supply its Cisco Ultra Gateway Platform, delivering a 5G virtual packet core on top of Cisco NFV Infrastructure. The mobile gateway will be deployed with Control and User Plane Separation (CUPS) for enhanced throughput and flexibility.

Since 2017, Samsung and Cisco have conducted a series of comprehensive network vendor interoperability tests that demonstrated seamless interworking between the virtualized core network, virtualized radio network and CPE.

Arnaud Vamparys, SVP, Radio Networks and Microwaves, Orange
This trial will demonstrate how FWA, NFV and multi-vendor interoperability create new opportunities and gives us flexibility to build our next-generation network as a multi-service network.

GY Seo, SVP and Head of Global Sales and Marketing Team, Networks Business, Samsung 
To bring Giga-speed broadband to more users across Europe, 5G FWA is a promising, fast-to-market and cost-effective option, as well as a viable alternative where fiber deployment is impracticable.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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