Samsung misses the podium in Global Data’s 5G RAN evaluation

Market research firm Global Data has placed Samsung Electronics on 4th place in its recent 5G radio access network (RAN) evaluation. According to Business Korea citing Global Data, Samsung got a score of 3 out of 5 in the Installation Ease and Technology Evolution categories, and a 4 out of 5 in both Baseband Unit Capacity and Radio Unit Portfolio.

Samsung scored a total of 14 out of 20 points in Global Data’s 5G RAN evaluation, and placed 4th. The company was outperformed by Huawei, who got first place with maximum points in all four categories. The second and third places went to Nokia and Ericsson who’ve scored 16 and 15 points, respectively. ZTE scored the same amount of points as Samsung did but fell on the 5th place. As a result, Huawei got a ‘Leader’ designation while the other companies have received a ‘Very Strong’ grade.

Last month we’ve discussed how 2020 might be a decisive year for Samsung’s 5G network business, and how Huawei remains a threat in many emerging markets despite the US-China trade war. Nevertheless, Samsung is strengthening its position in key markets including the USA, where the company has recently acquired TeleWorld Solutions to deliver end-to-end support solutions as demand increases. Samsung also entered the Canadian 5G market in a partnership with Videotron late last year

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