Samsung and Play to Conduct 4G & 5G Trials in Poland

Poland on May 5, 2021
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Samsung’s 4G & 5G solutions will demonstrate its capability and performance on Play’s commercial network

Samsung Electronics announced that the company will be conducting 4G and 5G trials in Warsaw, Poland with Play, a leading Polish mobile operator. Samsung and Play will verify the capability and performance of Samsung’s 4G and 5G network solutions in the trial, which will be carried out in Play’s labs and commercial networks, beginning in Q2 of this year. In this trial, Samsung R&D Institute Poland, one of the largest research and development centers in the nation, will take part as well. This trial will also test the interoperability between Play’s 2G/3G legacy networks and Samsung’s latest solutions.


As a leading mobile network operator in Poland, Play provides mobile voice, messaging, data and video services for both consumers and businesses. By taking an innovative approach and implementing an effective execution strategy, the company has acquired over 15 million subscribers across the nation, covering 99 percent of the Polish population.


For the trial, Samsung will provide its latest 4G and 5G solutions—including 4G radios, 5G Massive MIMO radios and baseband units—on low and mid-band spectrums. Samsung’s 5G Massive MIMO radios have been commercially deployed since 2019 and are currently in operation across the globe. Slim and lightweight, Samsung’s Massive MIMO radios ensure easy installation and quick deployment for mobile operators and also increase coverage, boost data speeds in order to enrich 5G experience for users. The company’s baseband unit offers improved performance with enhanced capacity and throughput, while supporting both 4G and 5G frequencies in a single unit. With this solution, operators can increase flexibility in network management and achieve cost efficiency.


“At Play we are open to the innovative technologies offered by our partners. The partnership with Samsung is another initiative that allows us to choose the best solutions for the rollout of our network. It is its extension and modernization that have a direct impact on the comfort of our customers,” said Michał Ziółkowski, Management Board Member and Chief Technology Officer at Play.


“Samsung is pleased to work with Play in delivering 5G services, and excited to demonstrate our network capabilities in Poland. This trial will serve as a meaningful milestone for the two companies’ collaborative efforts in Poland,” said Thomas Riedel, Head of Europe, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “Leveraging our advanced 5G solutions and technical leadership, we will continue to expand our global and European presence with leading operators like Play to take 5G user experience to new heights.”


Currently, Samsung operates its R&D centers in Warsaw and Cracow, Poland. This is where Samsung’s highest-quality software is created. Here, Samsung researchers and engineers continue to lead technology innovation, advancing its 4G and 5G solutions including Radio Access Network (RAN), core, analytics solutions for self-organizing networks (SON) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) cloud solutions.


Samsung has pioneered the successful delivery of 5G end-to-end solutions including chipsets, radios, and core. Through ongoing research and development, Samsung drives the industry to advance 5G networks with its market-leading product portfolio from fully virtualized RAN and Core to private network solutions and AI-powered automation tools. The company is currently providing network solutions to mobile operators that deliver connectivity to hundreds of millions of users around the world.

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