VMware, Samsung partner to accelerate CSPs transformation to 5G


US-based VMware said that it is collaborating with Korea’s gear maker Samsung. This collaboration will help Samsung with Communication Service Providers (CSPs) meet the requirements of 5G networks and accelerate the roll-out of 5G.

It also includes optimising Samsung’s portfolio of telco offerings from Core to Edge to RAN for both containerized network functions (CNFs) and virtualized network functions (VNFs) with VMware Telco Cloud Platform.

This collaboration will accelerate the innovation cycle through better network design end-to-end, and support the agility required for 5G networks. VMware said with its VMware Telco Cloud Platform, CSPs can deploy a cloud native, software-defined 5G network that will accelerate the delivery of services and applications across distributed telco clouds with operational consistency, integrated lifecycle management and multi-layer automation while maintaining carrier-grade performance, scalability and reliability.

Both the companies have been working at Samsung’s lab to optimize and accelerate the readiness of Samsung’s various VNFs and CNFs, such as vRAN, 5G Core, MEC, Management, and Analytics, with the VMware Telco Cloud Platform. The VMware telco cloud platform will help Samsung for development of their 5G-ready services.

“With innovative and open 5G networks beginning to transform the landscape, Samsung sees the value in delivering joint carrier-grade solutions with VMware that help CPS easily embrace cloud native technology and efficiently deliver our network functions and services across their 5G networks with automation,” Wonil Roh, Senior Vice President and Head of Product Strategy, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics, said in a statement.

“The infrastructure supporting 5G will depend on virtualized and containerized network functions delivered from software-defined telco and edge cloud platforms,” Shekar Ayyar, executive vice president and general manager, Telco and Edge Cloud Business Unit, VMware, said.

“We are thrilled to be working with Samsung to deliver joint carrier-grade solutions that leverage the VMware Telco Cloud portfolio to help CSPs seize this 5G moment and transform themselves into leading technology innovators.” he added.