KDDI and Samsung form global 5G network slicing alliance – Samsung Global Newsroom

Companies join forces to advance 5G global network slicing services and solutions

Samsung Electronics and KDDI today announced that the companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to form a global 5G network slicing alliance. Through this new alliance, the companies will work together to introduce a range of commercial 5G network slicing services and evaluate new business models based on this innovative technology.

▲ Toshikazu Yokai, KDDI (left) and Junehee Lee, Samsung Electronics (right)

This announcement follows continued efforts by companies to advance network slicing, a market expected to grow by more than fifty percent annually from 2023 to 2030.1 KDDI and Samsung conducted a field trial in January 2023, which successfully completed service level agreement (SLA) assurance network slicing on a live 5G standalone (SA) network in Tokyo, Japan . The companies also demonstrated network slicing with an intelligent RAN controller (RIC) for the first time in the industry in 2020.

“KDDI has been at the forefront of network slicing innovation and we are excited to take another significant step with Samsung to demonstrate how this technology can improve 5G experiences for consumers and businesses,” said Toshikazu Yokai, network director and general manager. , deputy general manager of the technology sector at KDDI. “Through this strategic alliance, we aim to not only create new immersive use cases, but also explore the infinite potential for transforming industries. »

Network slicing allows you to create multiple virtual networks within a single physical network infrastructure, where each slice is dedicated to a specific application or service, serving different objectives. For example, operators can create a low-latency slice for automated vehicles, an IoT slice for smart factories, and a high-bandwidth slice for live video streaming, all within the same network. This means that a single network can support a wide range of use cases simultaneously, accelerating the delivery of new services and meeting the personalized demands of diverse businesses and consumers.

“Combining Samsung’s strong technical expertise and KDDI’s business acumen, this new alliance will help us facilitate innovation with a shared commitment to continuing to advance 5G to the next level,” said Junehee Lee, Vice President executive, responsible for global sales and marketing, networks activity. at Samsung Electronics. “We look forward to expanding our collaboration with KDDI to fully exploit the many opportunities that 5G network slicing offers.”

Samsung has pioneered the successful delivery of end-to-end 5G solutions, including chipsets, radios and cores. Through continuous research and development, Samsung is driving the industry to advance 5G networks through its market-leading product portfolio, ranging from vRAN 3.0, Open RAN and Core to private network solutions and security tools. AI-based automation. The company currently provides network solutions to mobile operators that provide connectivity to hundreds of millions of users worldwide.

About KDDI
KDDI is a telecommunications service provider in Japan, offering 5G and IoT services to a multitude of consumer and enterprise customers in Japan and abroad through its brands “au”, “UQ mobile” and “povo”. In the medium-term management strategy (FY23.3-FY25.3), KDDI promotes the satellite growth strategy to strengthen the evolution of its telecommunications business focused on 5G and the expansion of focus areas focused on telecommunications.

Specifically, KDDI particularly focuses on the following five areas: DX (digital transformation), Finance, Energy, LX (life transformation) and regional co-creation. In particular, to promote DX, KDDI helps enterprise customers integrate telecommunications into everything via IoT, organize an environment in which customers can enjoy using 5G without realizing its presence, and provide business platforms that meet specific industry needs to support clients in building businesses.

Furthermore, KDDI places “sustainable management” which aims to achieve sustainable growth of the company and improvement of business value with our partners at the heart of the medium-term management strategy.

By exploiting the characteristics of 5G to evolve the power of connection, KDDI is working towards an era of new value creation.

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