Samsung Electronics, the network solution provider, has been selected to provide LTE Radio Access Network (RAN) and 3G/LTE core infrastructure solutions to UK mobile phone operator Three.
The deployment marks Samsung’s first commercial mobile network roll-out in Europe. To provide an innovative and market-leading mobile data service, Three (part of the Hutchinson Whampoa group) is focusing on the development of its LTE network in the UK using Samsung’s LTE RAN and core solutions.
As part of the agreement, Samsung will deploy LTE base stations, including all associated systems and network support services, across Three’s UK-wide network. The solution will be trialled by Three UK and Samsung starting this year and moving to full deployment and commercialization in 2013.
‘Three’s customers will start benefitting from this investment in our core network early next year and those benefits will grow further as we deploy new spectrum,’ said Dave Dyson, CEO of Three UK. ‘Samsung’s advanced network technology will help us to continue to deliver the most enjoyable smartphone experience.
‘In Samsung’s home market operators are busy turning off 2G. In the UK Three is the only operator without a 2G network, which means more and more consumers are choosing the network built for the internet,’ said Dyson.
Last week, Three announced it had acquired 2 x 15Mhz of 1800MHz spectrum from rival operator Everything Everywhere, which was compelled to sell the spectrum by the European Commission in return for approving the merger between Orange UK and T-Mobile UK.
The UK mobile operators are gearing up to bid for more 4G spectrum in the forthcoming 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum auction due to be held by the first quarter of 2013.
‘This contract marks a significant milestone for Samsung and further demonstrates our commitment to the European market,’ said Youngky Kim, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Telecommunication Systems Business at Samsung Electronics.
‘Samsung has been active in developing and commercializing data-specialized mobile solutions since the early 2000s, and has accrued significant experience in LTE projects around the globe. We are bringing the full weight of this experience to our deployment with Three UK, and trust this will mark the start of many successful relationships with leading mobile operators based in Europe,’ said Kim.
Samsung has partnered with dozens of mobile service providers—including Sprint and MetroPCS in the US, KDDI in Japan and Mobily in Saudi Arabia—to help them implement advanced LTE solutions. Samsung provides a comprehensive end-to-end LTE portfolio spanning radio access networks, core networks, IMS, system integration and managed services.