The companies also completed the first 5G data call on Virgin Media O2’s commercial 5G network using the sites
Samsung Electronics and Virgin Media O2 have announced the completed deployment of multiple live 4G and 5G sites across the UK.
This is an advance in the next phase of their collaboration following successful lab tests conducted in October 2021 which demonstrates Samsung’s 4G and 5G solutions on Virgin Media O2’s commercial network.
Field trials were jointly carried out on the sites in Tamworth and Peak District since the start of this year and showcased interoperability between the two companies.
Samsung Electronics UK CEO and president Francis BJ Chun said: “Samsung is excited to extend our network collaboration with Virgin Media O2 in the U.K and we look forward to playing a major part of the diversification of the network equipment supply chain in the UK market.”
Virgin Media O2 chief technology officer Jeanie York added: “We will continue our collaborative efforts with Samsung to explore the possibilities of 5G and push the technology further to deliver superior end-user experiences for our customers.”
Samsung is currently providing network solutions to mobile operators that deliver connectivity to hundreds of millions around the world.
Virgin Media O2 has been using open RAN technology for its infrastructure for over two years with first trials announced in 2020.