Comcast Teams Up With Samsung in 5G RAN Solutions for Mobile

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Comcast said it has teamed up with Samsung Electronics to deliver 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) Solutions for its Xfinity Mobile and Comcast Business Mobile customers.

Comcast said the Samsung equipment will be used to enhance 5G connectivity for mobile customers in its service territory using CBRS and 600 MHz spectrum.

Samsung will provide 5G RAN products such as radios for CBRS and 600MHz, baseband units, and a newly developed 5G CBRS Strand Small Cell that can be deployed on Comcast’s aerial cable lines. Using the small cell product will enable cable operators to more easily and cost-effectively provide 5G cellular connectivity by leveraging their existing DOCSIS infrastructure without having to build or acquire additional cell sites, Comcast said.

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CBRS Strand Small Cell (Image credit: Samsung Electronics America)

“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,” Comcast senior VP of wireless strategy Tom Nagel said in a press release. “Partnering with Samsung and leveraging their leadership in 5G network innovation will help us seamlessly deliver more next-generation applications and services to our consumer and business mobile customers.”

Comcast and Samsung are conducting field trials of the new 5G network solution and are currently expanding these trials to include Comcast employee testing

“We are excited to collaborate with Comcast on their journey to deliver the most enhanced 5G experiences available to their customers,” Samsung Electronics America executive VP and head of networks business Mark Louison said in a press release. “With this partnership, Samsung continues to build on its wireless technology leadership in commercial 5G rollouts. We look forward to helping Comcast advance its goals in delivering best-in-class 5G mobile services for their Xfinity Mobile and Comcast Business customers.” ▪️

Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell is senior content producer, finance for Multichannel News/B+C, covering finance, operations and M&A at cable operators and networks across the industry. He joined Multichannel News in September 1998 and has written about major deals and top players in the business ever since. He also writes the On The Money blog, offering deeper dives into a wide variety of topics including, retransmission consent, regional sports networks,and streaming video. In 2015 he won the Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Profile, an in-depth look at the Syfy Network’s Sharknado franchise and its impact on the industry.