South Korea-based electronics company Samsung Electronics and US-based software services provider Amdocs signed a deal to accelerate the journey of communications service providers (CSPs) to open cloud networks.
Samsung and Amdocs will onboard and integrate virtual network functions so that CSPs can take advantage of Samsung’s 5G network solutions with the open network automation platform (ONAP), the companies said in a joint statement.
The collaboration will start with Samsung’s virtualised central unit (vCU) function and will later cover other areas including components of the 5G core.
“This partnership with Amdocs on ONAP enablement helps us accelerate an important shift towards a dynamic software-driven architecture that will empower networks to adjust themselves to meet ever-changing user demands and network conditions. As we move 5G business forward, we continue to drive the adoption of ONAP and 5G network deployment to enrich the 5G ecosystem,” said Jaeho Jeon, executive vice president and head of research and development (R&D), networks business, Samsung Electronics.
The deal will also help CSPs realise a full end-to-end 5G cloud network that supports their current and future business requirements, the joint statement said.
“As the deployment of 5G networks accelerates, CSPs are taking the opportunity to re-architect their network to be open, virtualised, cloud-based and artificial intelligence-infused. By teaming with Samsung, Amdocs combines its expertise in enterprise-grade ONAP and software-defined systems with Samsung’s advanced 5G network solutions portfolio to better enable CSPs to launch innovative new services at speed,” said Anthony Goonetilleke, group president of media, network, and technology, Amdocs.