In June last year, Samsung was selected as a leading Open RAN vendor for Vodafone to bring virtualized radio access networks (vRAN), and the latest 4G and 5G solutions to the United Kingdom (UK). Now the two companies have announced to switch on the UK’s first 5G Open RAN site that is located in Bath.
The companies also said that more than 2,500 sites will follow in the future. Samsung is currently providing network solutions to mobile operators that provide connectivity to hundreds of millions of users around the world. Now it is leading the successful delivery of 5G end-to-end solutions including chipsets, radios, and core.
Moving on, to commemorate the milestone, Andrea Donna – Vodafone UK Chief Network Officer had a video call with the UK’s Minister of Digital Infrastructure Julia Lopez earlier this month. This was the first video call using Samsung’s 5G virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN).
Moreover, Vodafone and Samsung will test Samsung VRAN’s telco-grade performance metrics in the future. It will also test some features, such as security, inter-radio access technology (inter-RAT) mobility, and inter-frequency handover, as well as ensure compliance with Open RAN specifications.
Samsung’s fully virtualized, software-based RAN runs on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers that offer features and performance comparable to traditional hardware-based devices. The cloud-native and container-based architecture used in vRAN enables more flexible and cost-effective 5G network deployment and better network management.
Samsung and Vodafone will also test other advanced network technologies in the first half of 2022. These technologies, such as Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) and E-UTRAN New Radio Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) will take advantage of both LTE and 5G to help enhance the mobile user experience.
Samsung SmartThings announces Partner Early Access Program for Matter developers
This new standard promises to integrate smart home products, which allow devices to work together regardless of their branding or smart assistant compatibility. Samsung also says that partners can also use the SmartThings app for seamless onboarding of their devices.
Dozens of companies including Aeotec, Aqara, Eve Systems, Leedarson, Nanoleaf, Netatmo, Sengled, Wemo, WiZ, and Yale will now be able to test their devices for Matter interoperability with Hub-enabled devices and SmartThings integration (via – Samsung).
These companies manufacture IoT devices such as smart light switches and lightbulbs, motion and contact sensors, smart door locks, and others.
Further, Matter is an industry-standard for IoT devices created by more than 180 companies. Meanwhile, the Partner Early Access Program has created tremendous near-term excitement for SmartThings and select companies.
It reflects the increasing demand for more interoperable, flexible, and private, smart home solutions that have the power to make mass smart home adoption a not-so-far reality.
Samsung’s smartphones, tablets, TVs, and Family Hub appliances will support the Matter standard through the integration of the SmartThings hub that will allow users to enjoy these connected smart devices without needing a separate hub.
Samsung to face legal actions for not providing in-box chargers
The new generation of smartphones has the ability to charge wirelessly, due to which Samsung has stopped providing chargers with its flagship smartphones. Meanwhile, customers don’t like this and are taking legal action against the company.
Following the report by the Ministry of Justice in Brazil, more than 900 Procon groups have teamed up to take legal action against Samsung and Apple for not providing charging adapters with new smartphones.
They are asking for an in-box charging adapter considering how high the smartphones cost. And, if the companies do not agree to settle the matter outside court, these Brazilian customers could file a formal lawsuit against them.
If the report is filed, Samsung and Apple will have to pay BRL26 million ($5.13). However, it is not clear whether these costs are combined or if the two will have to pay BRL 26 million separately.
The new report further claims that Apple already paid a fine of BRL 10.5 million ($2.07) to the Procon of Sao Paulo. Whereas, the Korean tech giant was also fined in Fortaleza.
Apple decided not to send in-box chargers with iPhone 12 series in 2020 and cited environmental reasons for its decision. Samsung on the other hand took this opportunity and copied it.
It is worth mentioning that not only the flagship but Samsung is also not sending the chargers with mid-range phones, the recently launched Galaxy A53 is an example.
Check out everything you may have missed from Samsung at ISE 2022!
This year, Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) is back in full force, making a resilient comeback after its first exit as a mixed model in 2021. Taking place at Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain, ISE 2022 was attended by key players from the global audiovisual industry.
Additionally, Samsung showcased its latest awards with industry-leading exhibitions and innovations. If you missed the show this year, keep reading to know what Samsung might have missed at ISE 2022.
Samsung ISE 2022
At ISE 2022, Samsung introduces its concept of ‘Business Reimagined’ to professionals around the world. As major changes take place in the way businesses operate and plan on a daily basis, Samsung has demonstrated how its wide range of commercial display technology can help improve the customer and employee experience, no matter how personal you are.
- Reimagining Business for the Hybrid WorldMaking a Bold Statement With The Wall
- Enhancing the Hybrid Classroom Through Seamless Collaboration With Flip Pro
- Flexible Outdoor Signage Perfectly Suited for QSR and EV Charging Stations
- Leading Design in Display Technology Design
In addition to being recognized for its latest display technology, Samsung has recently been honored with two design awards by iF Design, one of the most prestigious design organizations in the world.
Samsung’s Signage Setup Assistant app was recognized by iF Design largely for its efficient and time-saving installation of the LED screen sector, while the company’s Micro LED display was recognized for its all-screen design and simplicity.
For those who want to learn more about Samsung’s latest display technology solutions, be sure to check out The ISE 2022 Virtual Experience site and stay connected to the Samsung Global Newsroom for all the latest news.