Samsung inks deal to bring 5G to New Zealand in partnership with Spark

As Samsung continues to bet big on its 5G network business, the company announced today that it reached an agreement with Spark New Zealand to provide the network operator with scalable 5G New Radio (NR) solutions.

Samsung’s 5G NR portfolio emphasizes lightweight for ease of installation and cost-effective deployment. Its Massive MIMO solution which will be employed by Spark New Zealand has already been proven in South Korea, and it will soon be deployed in Japan.

It’s been said that 2020 will be a decisive year for Samsung’s 5G business. The Korean tech giant is not the only company to supply network operators around the world with 5G equipment, and the competition will ramp up.

So far, however, Samsung appears to be in a favorable position as it managed to secure clients in key markets including the USA where it recently acquired TeleWorld Solutions, Canada where it partnered with Videotron, Japan’s KDDI, and India’s Jio to name a few. The company also entered a partnership with Marvell to help network operators worldwide in building their 5G infrastructures.

As for New Zealand, Samsung and Spark have been performing 5G trials since last year to determine the potential of Samsung’s 5G end-to-end solutions. The tests were successful in showing the benefits of higher speeds and lower latencies, and the GM of Value Management of Spark New Zealand revealed that the company is pleased to have Samsung as a 5G vendor because the company not only has incredible knowledge on 5G infrastructures but can also provide a proven immersive 5G experience for our customers.

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