Samsung Taps TeleWorld Solutions to Elevate US 5G RAN

SDxCentral | January 13, 2020

Samsung is bolstering its ability to serve U.S. carriers like Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and Sprint as the operators roll out 5G services through the acquisition of Virginia-based vendor TeleWorld Solutions (TWS) for an undisclosed sum. The move could make Samsung a more compelling vendor alternative to rivals Nokia and Ericsson, and help alleviate some of the pressure domestic operators are facing because the government has banned the use of equipment and services from China-based vendors Huawei and ZTE. TWS is involved in multiple areas of network services, including consulting, site acquisition, design, deployment, testing, and the enablement of cloud services. It will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics America and elevate the vendor’s ability to support the delivery of 5G and related network services on multiple fronts in the United States, according to Samsung. “The combination of Samsung Networks and TeleWorld Solutions enhances our ability to design, deploy, test, and optimize networks with new customers and our expanding deployments with existing customers in North America,” wrote Alok Shah, VP of networks strategy at Samsung, in response to questions.

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Keysight | July 01, 2022

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Keysight collaborated with leading vendors and mobile operators on industry first demonstrations in key areas of innovation including: Evaluation and assessment of energy savings features using live networks traffic profiles which have shown significant reduction in energy consumption for a multi-vendors cloud-native O-RAN system. Enablement of RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) assisted artificial intelligence / machine learning (AI/ML) optimization for energy savings and admission control use cases, as well as an orchestration framework that supports rapid deployment of test and validation for near-real time RICs and xApps. Pre-certification testing of the O-RAN Radio Unit (O-RU), automated security testing for DevSecOps with 3GPP Security Assurance Specification (SCAS) test cases, Denial of Service (DoS) and fuzzing attacks simulations and performance testing of O-RAN Xhaul transport network elements’ fronthaul implementation under real-world conditions. “Keysight is pleased to collaborate with partners in the fourth O-RAN Global PlugFest during which we have successfully completed several industry-first demonstrations in key areas including energy savings, RIC-enabled AI/ML based optimization, test automation framework for RICs and applications, pre-certification testing, DevSecOps security with attacks simulation and transport network elements performance testing,” Giampaolo Tardioli, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s Network and Operators group Fourteen Keysight solutions were used to make progress in the development of technical and test specifications for open standard interfaces, Xhaul transportation, O-Cloud, RIC, and AI/ML that enabled use cases and O-RAN security requirements. Keysight worked with the global PlugFest hosts, sponsors and labs in: Europe with Telefonica (European OTIC in Madrid) Taiwan with Auray Technology Corp. (OTIC in Taiwan) United States with AT&T and DISH (co-sponsors) in the COSMOS Testbed sandbox at WINLAB, Rutgers University, POWDER Platform at the University of Utah and University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory PlugFest participants seamlessly integrated KORA software and hardware platforms to test the following: O-RAN Energy Savings - Keysight’s O-RAN Energy Savings test solution was used to demonstrate reduction in power consumption for a multi-vendors O-RAN system that includes containerized O-DU and O-CU software, O-Cloud software and hardware including state of the art processors with telemetry and power management features and accelerators using live network traffic profiles. 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O-RAN Radio Unit (O-RU) – Keysight’s O-RAN O-RU test solution consisting of the company’s O-DU emulation (Open RAN Studio), radio frequency (RF) signal sources and analyzers (UXA signal analyzer, VXG signal generator), and test automation framework (PathWave Test Automation) provided pre-certification testing of the O-RUs including validation of 3GPP and O-RAN conformance and performance of the open fronthaul control, user, synchronization and management planes implementation across RF and protocol measurement domains. Collaborators: Foxconn, Kinpo Electronics and LITEON O-RAN End-to-End (E2E) – Keysight’s RAN test solution consisting of UEE capabilities (UeSIM) and CoreSIM assessed small cells E2E performance, security and latency under load and stress test conditions. 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DISH and T-Mobile Expand Network Services Partnership

DISH Network Corporation | June 27, 2022

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Edgecore Networks | June 24, 2022

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NETWORK MANAGEMENT

T-Mobile and Oceus Team Up to Bring 5G Advanced Network Solutions to U.S. Government

T-Mobile | June 21, 2022

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