Virgin Median O2 (VMO2) and Samsung Electronics have announced plans to conduct 4G and 5G trials. In a press release regarding the matter it was reported that the two companies will verify the capability and performance of Samsung’s 4G and 5G network solutions in O2 UK’s commercial network. The trial will also assess the interoperability between Samsung’s latest solutions and O2’s 2G and 3G legacy networks. For the trial, Samsung will provide its advanced solutions which include its baseband unit, 5G Massive MIMO radios, as well as 4G radios on both low-band and mid-band spectrums, while being Open RAN compliant with some configuration changes and additional support in the future.
Commenting, Jeanie York, chief technology officer at VMO2, was cited as saying: ‘Vendor diversity is crucial to developing safe, secure and more efficient networks … We look forward to undertaking these initial trials with Samsung, which is another milestone in our continued journey to provide the best possible 5G experience for our customers, as well as boosting our 4G network, as we look to upgrade the UK.’ Woojune Kim, Executive Vice President, Head of Global Sales & Marketing, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics, added: ‘With this trial, we are excited to join hands with [VMO2] to demonstrate the readiness of our 5G network solutions for deployment in the UK and our capabilities in bringing immersive and reliable 4G and 5G mobile experiences to users.’