Telus and Samsung forge path for Canada’s first 5G virtualized RAN and open RAN network

Telus and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. have announced a partnership aimed at constructing Canada’s inaugural 5G Virtualized RAN and Open RAN network, signaling a significant advancement within the realm of telecommunications technology.

This collaboration will see the development of Canada’s premier commercial virtualized and open radio access network (RAN), presenting a sophisticated, next-generation platform renowned for its superior performance, flexibility, energy efficiency, and automation capabilities. Notably, the scope of collaboration extends beyond greenfield to encompass brownfield deployments, underscoring a commitment to innovation within existing infrastructure frameworks.

Employing an Open RAN architecture allows Telus to leverage components from various manufacturers, tailored to meet specific operational requirements, while the adoption of a virtualized radio access network (vRAN) facilitates software-driven functionalities, providing expedited access to the latest technologies, thereby enhancing customer experiences and stimulating network innovation.

“This is a very exciting milestone for Telus and the industry overall, as we now have the most flexible way to offer a diversified set of services to Canadians, unlocking new levels of mobile experiences,” said Nazim Benhadid, Chief Technology Officer at Telus. “We are proud to be the first Canadian telecommunications company to integrate this cutting-edge technology, together with Samsung and our other partners.”

“Innovation is not a result, but a continuous process that transforms our daily lives,” said Junehee Lee, Executive Vice President, Head of Global Sales & Marketing, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “Telus and Samsung have been spearheading a meaningful transformation in mobile communications and we look forward to continuing to unleash the full benefits of software-centric innovation, by advancing our industry-leading vRAN and Open RAN.”

Commercial deployment is slated to commence in the first half of this year, with a large-scale network rollout expected to follow in mid-2024. Samsung’s contributions, including its vRAN software and Open RAN compliant solutions, are poised to play a pivotal role in this endeavor, facilitating enhanced energy savings, optimized performance, and intelligent automation.

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