Samsung pitches private 5G in new white paper

Samsung Electronics introduced the company’s full portfolio of private 5G solutions in a new whitepaper last week.

Titled "Transforming Private Networks with Samsung 5G,” the paper (pdf) spells out how Samsung’s portfolio includes a range of 5G solutions, including RAN, core, transport and management system, for the specific needs of enterprises.

The new solutions come in three configurations for various sizes: a compact one-box product, a standard mid-sized offering and a premium solution for large-scale businesses.

Samsung points to manufacturing, energy utilities, logistics, and transportation as sectors that use private networks to support their services. Enterprises use private networks to improve productivity, efficiency, flexibility, quality, security and competitiveness.

Of course, Wi-Fi has long been used for private networks, but it has limited features and doesn’t support all the requirements for smart factories, smart cities and autonomous vehicles, according to the white paper.

“Wi-Fi does not support massive Internet of Things (IoT) services due to the limited connection per channel, which also does not ensure the level of security required by enterprises. On the contrary, 5G technology satisfies the service requirement demanded by enterprises today and in the near future, such as: mobility, latency, security, reliability, flexibility, coverage, and capacity,” the document states.

Samsung said its radio access network (RAN) packages reflect the growing interest in private 5G networks in the 3.55-3.7 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band in the U.S., as well as other frequencies at 4.6-4.9 GHz (n79) and 28.3-29.1 GHz (n257) in several countries.

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Samsung’s rivals in 5G networking are aggressively going after the enterprise space – an area where they also can be seen as competing with their carrier customers.   

Ericsson last year paid about $1 billion cash-in-hand for Cradlepoint, which provides wireless wide area network (WAN) and edge gear for enterprises, primarily in the U.S. Last week, Nokia announced the launch of a cloud-native industrial edge solution for accelerating digitalization initiatives at the enterprise level.  

Samsung’s white paper also notes that one of the challenges of the private 5G network comes by its very nature: “The private 5G network is a dedicated network for an enterprise, not for a telco business that professionally provides communication services. Therefore, it should support operational convenience so that even an operator without telco professional experience can manage it.”

To be sure, Samsung says its private 5G solution can be customized to meet the needs of any private enterprise.