Comcast hires Samsung for 5G RAN deployment

22 Sep 2022

Cableco-turned-MVNO Comcast has enlisted Samsung Electronics to deliver 5G RAN solutions that can be used to enhance 5G connectivity for Xfinity Mobile and Comcast Business Mobile customers in Comcast service areas. Samsung will supply 5G RAN solutions using Comcast’s 3.5GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) and 600MHz spectrum. The vendor says it will supply radios, baseband units, and a newly developed 5G CBRS Strand Small Cell that can be deployed on Comcast’s aerial cable lines.

Tom Nagel, SVP of Wireless Strategy at Comcast, commented: ‘Our capital-light approach to providing enhanced 5G connectivity in service areas where we have a high concentration of traffic and cable infrastructure is smart for our business and even better for customers who will benefit from broader coverage and industry-leading speeds and prices.’

TeleGeography notes that Comcast acquired 73 2×5MHz 600MHz licences in Auction 1002 (2016/2017), paying USD1.725 billion, and went on to pay USD458.7 million for 830 1×10MHz 3.5GHz concessions in Auction 105 (2020).