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Samsung announces strategic partnership with Telefonica for a market-leading LTE Deployment in Chile
Samsung Electronics has been selected to provide and deploy Telefonica’s LTE Radio Access Network (RAN) in Chile. The deployment marks Samsung’s first LTE project with a European global operator and further demonstrates global operators’ growing interest in Samsung’s LTE solutions.
As part of the agreement, Samsung will deploy LTE base stations with all associated systems and will provide network support services. Samsungs equipment will be deployed to cover over 95% of the country and 16 out of 20 of the most populated cities in Chile, including Gran La Concepción and Gran Le Serena.
The rollout will take place from 2013-2014 and will see Samsung deploy the latest mobile broadband technology in areas of the country which typically has a deficit of high-speed internet access. Activities to test the service have already started and the first LTE data call was successfully completed on 14th of February.
Based on its wide range of field experience in LTE, Samsung has successfully partnered with many global mobile service providers – including Sprint and MetroPCS in the US, KDDI in Japan, SK Telecom, KT in South Korea, Mobily in Saudi Arabia and Three in the UK. Samsung provides a comprehensive end-to-end LTE portfolio spanning radio access networks, core networks, IMS, system integration and managed services.
As of December 2012, Samsung successfully deployed over 125,000 commercial LTE cells in some of the most data intensive markets in the world. Currently one in 5 LTE connections is brokered through Samsung LTE equipment.
Samsung’s innovative LTE solutions are backed by over 30 years of experience and leadership in developing and commercializing world first telecom technologies. Based on its wide range of field-experience in OFDMA technologies, Samsung has already successfully partnered with dozens of mobile service providers, helping them to implement the most advanced 4G solutions and differentiate their service offerings.
Samsung Electronics is a giant company employing 236,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales exceeding KRW 201 trillion. Throughout 2012, with sustaining its leading position in global smartphone market, Samsung Mobile achieved the No.1 position globally among mobile device manufacturers.
Samsung is among the world’s top brands ranking No. 9 on Interbrand’s list of the world’s top 100 brands. Samsung also has the highest level of credit ratings among the whole IT industry by marking ‘A+’ in 2012 (Fitch Ratings).