Samsung unveils new 5G radio with integrated antennas

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The South Korean tech giant’s new kit aims to accelerate 5G rollouts.

This week Samsung announced a suite of new 5G network solutions. The company says these will allow mobile operators to deploy efficient 5G networks at an accelerated rate. The new products include chipsets such as its third generation mmWave radio frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) chip. They also launched their second generation 5G modem SoC. The company also unveiled its RFIC chip, which integrates a digital front end (DFE).

Samsung “redefines” its network offering

Samsung made the announcement at an event called “Samsung Networks: Redefined.” There, they presented the new One Antenna Radio, which features integrated antennas. The company says this provides operators with the ability to simplify and speed up 5G installations. It does this by consolidating a 3.5GHz Massive MIMO radio with low-band and mid-band passive antennas into a single form factor.

Operators face a key challenge in the space and footprint restrictions at sites and on towers, Samsung claims. Their all-in-one radio will address varied environmental and site demands – easing installation, saving space and reducing OPEX for operators.

What the new offering delivers for providers

Key benefits of Samsung’s One Antenna Radio include a streamlined solution that uses compact hardware to blend into a municipality’s environment. This reduces cabling and hardware elements to minimize visual impact in dense urban areas. Another advantage is simplified installation. Deployment is made simple, Samsung says, by eliminating the need to install and connect radios and multiple antennas separately. This, they claim, accelerates installation and reduces labor costs. Providers can also lower their OPEX costs, according to Samsung. The new solutions require less space on sites or towers, and with a smaller footprint. Operators can thus save on expenses, including rental and maintenance costs.

“We are proud to introduce our One Antenna Radio to provide industry-leading performance that’s designed to address various deployment environments,” said Wonil Roh, Senior Vice President and Head of Product Strategy, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “Recognizing that mounting hardware, cabling, crew site time and space limitations are a challenge for most operators, we created a solution to help tackle this issue, and expand deployment boundaries.”