Samsung Partners with Red Hat to Deliver 5G Network Solutions


Red Hat Inc., the global provider of open-source solutions, recently announced its collaboration with Samsung to deliver 5G network solutions for its service providers. The partnership will utilize Red Hat OpenShift, the enterprise Kubernetes platform, to help service providers make 5G a reality.

This collaboration will utilize OpenShift, OpenStack, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Ansible and OpenShift Container Storage.
This collaboration will utilize OpenShift, OpenStack, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Ansible and OpenShift Container Storage.
Key Facts
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    5G is a cloud-based network, and so unlike previous hardware-specific systems, it deploys network functions as software instances in a cloud-based management environment. Red Hat would be providing the necessary cloud tools to support the network portfolio of Samsung.

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    The collaboration between Red Hat and Samsung will utilize Red Hat’s hybrid cloud portfolio, including Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage, besides Red Hat OpenShift. The partnership will also use Samsung’s 5G vCore, vRAN, MEC, and Management and Analytics to help extend 5G use cases.

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    With this partnership, Red Hat aims to make 5G network a reality across various applications such as 5G core, machine learning, IoT, edge computing, and others.

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    Samsung now plans to have full CNF Certification after receiving the validated VNF Certification from Red Hat.

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    With this collaboration, service providers would now be able to take advantage of vRAN and edge economics. They would now be able to support services and applications based on location awareness with reduced latency to impact customer experience positively.


Samsung has dramatically increased its network infrastructure reach, both in 4G and 5G, with significant deals in New Zealand, India, Canada, and its home market. It has also won a $6.6 billion contract to provide wireless solutions to Verizon Communications Inc., a big boost to Samsung’s 5G aspirations. The partnership with Red Hat will help Samsung widen its reach in the 5G network solutions market.

According to a report from ACG Research, sponsored by Red Hat, open horizontal platforms can reduce the total cost of ownership by 30% compared to the vertical deployment of vRANs. Customers would have access to more choices and better service with the new horizontal approach.

Red Hat is a provider of enterprise open source solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver Linux, cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies like OpenShift, an enterprise-ready Kubernetes container platform with full-stack automated operations to manage hybrid cloud and multicloud deployments.

Other cloud providers like Microsoft Azure are also getting into 5G race. In 2019, Microsoft introduced a new cloud platform to enable telecom operators to develop 5G networks more quickly, offer personalized services while minimizing costs and CapEx. Microsoft partnered with companies like Verizon, AT&T, Samsung, Millicom, Netmore, Etisalat and Mavenir.

We are pleased to collaborate with Red Hat to help service providers stay competitive in this increasingly demanding global 5G market, especially on the cloud-native front. Through this partnership, Samsung 5G solutions will provide a highly efficient and reliable network experience for our customers by integrating with Red Hat’s cloud-native solution.
Wonil Roh
Senior VP and Head of Product Strategy, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics

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