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VMware, Samsung Form Alliance to Accelerate CSPs’ Transformation to 5G

As 5G continues to gain traction, CSPs will require a cloud-native network that will improve the flexibility and efficiency of deploying services into new vertical markets faster. At the same time, CSPs can only achieve this with a cloud-first automated network designed to simplify management and operations while lowering operational costs. Moving to address this, VMware is collaborating with Samsung Electronics. Through this alliance, the companies will help Communication Service Providers (CSPs) meet the requirements of 5G networks and accelerate the roll-out of 5G. This will include optimizing 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.

The two companies said this collaboration will enable better network design end-to-end, and support the agility required for 5G networks. With 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.

As part of this collaboration, the companies have been working together 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. Samsung’s VNFs and CNFs have been and continue to be integrated with VMware’s Ready for Telco Cloud program. The VMware Ready for Telco Cloud program will support Samsung to accelerate the onboarding and deployment of their 5G-ready services on the VMware Telco Cloud Platform, thereby accelerating CSPs time to deploy and time to revenue.

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

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