01 Mar 2017

Keysight & Samsung Announce 5G Collaboration

Keysight and Samsung have announced a technology collaboration on 5G development and testing. In this agreement, Keysight and Samsung will design and deploy 5G devices to support early operator trials. The initial focus of the partnership is on 5GTF specifications (www.5gtf.org). Future collaboration will include work being done in 3GPP NR - New Radio.

With the first set of 5G specifications based on Verizon's 5GTF now in place, first trial networks are currently being deployed. Keysight and Samsung have been working closely since September of last year to align their respective product portfolios around the specification and build an ecosystem of interoperable products. Both companies will conduct a joint 5G technology demonstration in the Samsung booth at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.



"Our customers are looking for a wide range of millimetre wave over-the-air solutions with superior performance to bring 5G applications to market," said Kailash Narayanan, vice president and general manager of Keysight's Wireless Devices segment. "We are pleased that Samsung has chosen us to be a key technology partner to collaborate with them for early 5G development. "We have been able to develop solutions to enable 5G market leaders bring their products to market."

"As we begin to transition to a new generation of wireless technologies, it's growing more important that we establish industry alignment. With 5G, this is more important than ever, as we're tapping into an area of the radio spectrum that has been a big unknown for the mobile industry," said Woojune Kim, vice president of Next-Generation Strategy, Samsung Electronics. "Being able to work closely with Keysight and leveraging their expertise with network simulation, RF and millimeter wave technologies is an advantage for our product validation efforts."

In addition to critical interoperability testing around the 5GTF specification, cooperation between the companies is seen as an important step for accelerating ecosystem growth and for scaling the equipment verification and production process. For Samsung, compatibility of its products with Keysight's simulation and analysis portfolio is a critical step towards enabling rapid manufacturing of 5G equipment.

"It is a great opportunity for Keysight to contribute to Samsung's leadership in 5G," said Keysight Korea President, Duk Kwon Yoon.

"5G is a revolution and an evolution," observed Satish Dhanasekaran, vice president and general manager of Keysight's Wireless Devices and Operators Group. "It is critical to tap into the millimetre wave spectrum to support the needs of future applications, while ensuring coexistence of current networks and services. We are excited by this partnership with Samsung to help them bring early 5G technology to market."

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