Samsung, Cisco to conduct 5G FWA trial for Orange Romania

Orange Romania

Romania —

Samsung, Cisco, and Orange Romania will conduct a month-long 5G FWA trial later this year. Samsung and Cisco will work together to provide an end-to-end 5G solution to Romania’s largest telecom operator.

In this multi-vendor 5G trial, the companies will demonstrate how 5G can complement existing fiber deployments to deliver high-quality, high-speed bandwidth services.

“Together with Samsung and Cisco, we are joining forces to drive the development of 5G and prepare for its progressive roll-out starting 2020,” said Arnaud Vamparys, senior vice president, 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.”

As part of the 5G trial, 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 virtualised 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.

GY Seo, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Sales & Marketing Team, Networks Business, Samsung Electronics, said, “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.”

“Industry collaboration for innovation and multi-vendor interoperability is paramount to the success of 5G,” said Yvette Kanouff, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider Business, Cisco. “5G is pushing the network to new lengths, with the need for greater bandwidth a top priority for all service providers. Our work with Samsung and Orange on this project spotlights how new scaling models and innovative virtualization solutions can deliver on the promise of 5G for an always on, connected society.”