In 2020, Samsung signed a deal with Verizon to provide the US-based carrier with 5G vRAN solutions and help the carrier build its 5G network in the country. Thanks to Samsung, by August 2022, Verizon had over 8,000 operational vRAN sites in the US. The two brands have now reached a new milestone. The South Korean company has announced that it has deployed over 10,000 vRAN sites for Verizon and aims to meet the operator’s goal of deploying 20,000 vRAN sites by 2025.
According to Samsung Networks, its vRAN solution is “enables operators to perform network functions and provide services that were not possible, or at least not as easy, with a traditional RAN.A press release goes on to say:Our vRAN is O-RAN compliant, can run 2G, 4G and 5G networks and run 4G and 5G at the same time. Virtualized RAN is environmentally friendly and enables reduced power consumption by scaling down or shutting down the power needed for antennas, amplifiers and cellular sites.“
Earlier this month, Verizon announced that it is now offering 5G UW (Ultra Wideband) services to more than 175 million people in the US. The company aims to offer 5G Ultra Wideband nationwide by the first quarter of 2023.
While Verizon is working with Samsung to achieve its 5G coverage goal, the company has also partnered with Ericsson for 5G vRAN solutions (referred to as Ericsson Cloud RAN). On Thursday, the network operator announced that it had launched Ericsson’s first vRAN cell site in the United States.