Samsung to provide network infrastructure to Indian telecom vendors
Samsung will collaborate with carriers in India in launching new radio stations and other network infrastructure in the country. Kim Young Ky, head of Samsung’s network division, stated that the manufacturer was “giving its full efforts” to increase supply of additional network equipment to the country. Kim mentioned that the new airwaves made available to carriers through the Indian government spectrum auction would need additional infrastructure. The government auctioned airwaves in the 900 and 1800 megahertz spectrums, with carriers set to utilise these frequencies to launch 4G services later in the country. Kim said that, “The spectrum auction at India is nearing its close. We are putting in our full effort to supply additional network equipments there.”
4G LTE networks are set to go live in the country soon, and Samsung is ideally placed to provide additional hardware to carriers. Samsung already provided 70,000 radio stations to Indian carrier Reliance Jio Infocomm for around $1.2 billion last year. In addition, Samsung is said to be in talks with Reliance in launching affordable LTE enabled handsets that will be available for under $100.