Asia Express - Mobile Communications
Samsung Enters Network Equipment Deal with Vodafone in U.K.
June 15, 2021

Samsung recently announced that the company has inked an agreement with UK-based telecom Vodafone, under which it will supply open/virtualized RAN (Radio Access Network), 4G, and 5G network equipment to the latter in Britain, the Reuters reported on June 14. The deliverables include vRAN solutions, open RAN compliant radios such as massive MIMO (Multiple-Input Multiple-Output). Financial terms of the agreement are yet disclosed. While Ericsson and Nokia continue to dominate the European 5G market, several European telecom operators have been considering Samsung to replace China’s Huawei. The UK has decided to join others by removing all Huawei 5G equipment by the end of 2027. In addition, Samsung already landed a US$6 billion deal with US-based telecom Verizon in last September and Japan’s NTT Docomo this March. Shipment volume of Taiwan’s 5G network equipment industry grew 240% year-on-year and 4.2% sequentially in the first quarter of 2021, according to MIC (Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute), a major government think tank and a leading IT research institute in Taiwan. Nearly 60% of Taiwan’s 5G network equipment are shipped to brands and over 37% to telecom operators. Taiwan’s major 5G network equipment suppliers include Foxconn, Askey, WNC, Zyxel, and Arcadyan.