Japan’s leading mobile operator by subscribers NTT DOCOMO has selected South Korean gear maker Samsung as a network solution provider with 5G technology, including O-RAN-compliant solutions, to bring enriched 5G services to users across Japan.
‘The agreement between NTT DOCOMO and Samsung is significant,’ said Stefan Pongratz, Vice President at Dell’Oro. ‘NTT DOCOMO has a history of being at the forefront with new and innovative technologies and this announcement cements Samsung’s position as a major 5G RAN supplier.’ Echoing these thoughts, Sadayuki Abeta, the cellco’s general manager of RAN development said: ‘We are excited to collaborate with Samsung for the next phase of 5G Open RAN and accelerate the expansion of our ‘Lightning Speed 5G’ coverage in the nation.’
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, last month DOCOMO announced that, along with an international group of other leading firms such as NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Intel, Fujitsu and Dell, it aims co-create a verified 5G Open RAN ecosystem for other operators. In a 3 February press release, the operator confirmed that it will collaborate with up to a dozen companies to start discussions on the introduction of Open RAN for overseas carriers and specifically, will aim to ‘package, provide, install, operate, and maintain’ the optimal radio access network in response to the requests of communications carriers considering the introduction of Open RAN. Under the plans, DOCOMO envisions the development of a new vRAN base station – to be launched in 2022 – with another ecosystem partner, Mavenir.