Today, Samsung and KDDI announced the signing of a contract for the deployment of Samsung’s cloud-native 5G Standalone (SA) core at multiple locations in Japan. This agreement, which extends the partnership between the two companies as they look to jointly expand their 5G networks in the Asia-Pacific region, marks another significant step towards bringing cutting-edge technologies to customers and paving the way for a comprehensive digital transformation. The 5G SA architecture provides feature upgrades from existing systems such as LTE, along with high-speed data access and improved connectivity. It also supports network slicing capabilities that allow for virtual private deployments, ensuring that customers have more flexibility when it comes to their networks. Additionally, reliability and security are improved with this type of architecture, allowing for safer transactions over wireless networks. The advent of 5G SA is a testament to the Asia-Pacific region’s leadership position in 5G adoption – according to Counterpoint Research, 42 operators have already deployed this technology so far.
However, challenges remain due to lack of ecosystem maturity, one-off business cases beyond enhanced mobile broadband services combined with some architecture impediments that inhibit larger rollouts. Economic headwinds may also potentially delay commercial deployment until 2023. In spite of these obstacles, both Samsung and KDDI remain committed to continuing their partnership as they work together towards expanding their networks with leading-edge solutions having adopted this new 5G Standalone Core technology. Their joint efforts will not only provide improved speeds but also more reliable service for customers transitioning into tomorrow’s digital world.
At a time when customer demand continues to grow exponentially due to advances in technology coupled with an increase in users adopting video streaming services – particularly during times like we are living now where everyone is stuck at home – it is reassuring that providers such as Samsung and KDDI are taking steps towards meeting those needs by investing in such groundbreaking technologies that will give them an edge against competition as well as keep them at the vanguard of innovation in terms of network infrastructure. We look forward to seeing the continued progress in 5G Standalone Core technology by Samsung and KDDI, and hope that their partnership will bring us closer to realizing a digital transformation where all users can access reliable services with greater speed and efficiency. The future of 5G looks bright indeed!