MWC 2023: VMware collaborates with Samsung on virtualized RAN to open 5G network


Cloud computing and virtualization technology company VMware announced an expanded collaboration with Samsung resulting in the integration of Samsung’s O-RAN compliant virtualized RAN solution and VMware Telco Cloud Platform as part of the Dish Wireless 5G network buildout.

VMware and Samsung announced their global 5G collaboration in 2020, and have since co-developed a validated architecture and cell site deployment model integrating the Samsung Virtualized Distributed Unit (vDU) running on top of the VMware Telco Cloud Platform Have done The two companies are now working together to facilitate the development of a 5G open RAN network enabled by a cloud-native architecture for CSPs.

“VMware, together with Samsung, has developed the next-generation RAN by combining the power of software-defined, open interfaces and scalable virtualization running in a cloud-native architecture. We have begun to crack the RAN code—this dynamic Full network programmability is the first step in enabling the vision of networking on demand for applications,” said Lakshmi Mandyam, Vice President, Product Management & Partner Ecosystem, Service Provider & Edge, VMware.

VMware is collaborating with Samsung on building a leading network architecture to support DISH Wireless traffic on its cloud-native Open RAN 5G network. Samsung has been supporting Dish since last year, when it was selected to deploy 5G Open Radio Access network solutions in the Dish 5G network.

Additionally, VMware has also collaborated with Samsung on the 5G core, which is responsible for key functions within a mobile network – User Plane Function (UPF), Network Slicing Selection Function (NSSF), Session Management Function (SMF) , Access and Mobility Function (AMF) and Network Repository Function (NRF)—on the VMware Telco Cloud Platform.

“We are excited to share that our collaboration with VMware is now delivering the power of 5G and Open RAN to CSPs with real network traffic running in the core and RAN,” said Vice President and Head of Systems S/W R&D Kicheol Lee said. Network Business, Samsung Electronics.

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