Samsung didn’t just help introduce 5G to the world – they’ve been setting new records.
An October 2020 report from Strategy Analytics revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G was the best-selling 5G device by revenue for the first half of 2020, accounting for 9 percent of global revenue. The Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G was second, accounting for 8 percent of global revenue, and the Galaxy S20 5G was third, accounting for 5 percent during the same period. Together, Samsung’s S20 trio were the top selling 5G smartphones in the world, accounting for 22 percent of global 5G sales revenue.
In addition to leading sales records, Samsung has also launched a series of new devices and network solutions to bring 5G to more people across the world. In the last two years, Samsung has introduced a full portfolio of Galaxy 5G phones, from mid-range devices like the Galaxy A51 5G, to category-changing devices like the Galaxy Z Fold2. Samsung has also released 5G enabled PCs and tablets. In addition, Samsung has worked closely with leading mobile operators around the world to advance 5G through a wide array of network solutions, including 5G RAN, Core and Network Automation tools.
“Samsung has established itself as a leader in the 5G space, and played a key role in the development of 5G around the world,” said Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics. “With global 5G smartphone shipments expected to exceed 660 million devices by the end of next year, we believe the company will continue to play a significant role in growing the next-generation mobile network.”
The success is a testament to Samsung’s pioneering vision for 5G that started over a decade ago.
Leading the 5G Transformation
For more than 10 years, Samsung has been laying the groundwork for 5G by investing in the creation of meaningful innovations and building a strong network of partners. From chipsets to network solutions and devices, Samsung has been developing the critical components of 5G from the technology’s inception.
Samsung’s leading research and development teams, as well as collaborations with standardization groups and carriers, enabled the technology to deliver faster data speeds and higher bandwidth promised by 5G. In 2009, it started research into ultra-high frequency mmWave technology. By 2013, it reached speeds above 1Gbps in test trials (Link) and a year later, broke its own record by using mmWave to reach 7.5Gbps (Link). Since 2018, Samsung’s various 5G network solutions have played a key role in the commercial launches of 5G services in Japan, Korea, and the United States.
“Samsung has achieved outstanding technical breakthroughs in 5G and this is a reflection of our continuous research and development spanning over a decade,” said Wonil Roh, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Product Strategy, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “Powered by our in-house chipsets and software, Samsung’s 5G RAN and Core solutions have been delivering competitive performance to the operators, and we will continue to lead the forefront of the global 5G market by bringing unparalleled experiences to customers around world.”
To ensure consumers get the best 5G experience, Samsung has also expanded collaboration with IT firms and mobile operators to push 5G technology forward, particularly for 5G Standalone networks, private 5G networks, and mission critical networks. Moreover, its 5G network solutions portfolio includes the latest advanced 5G network solutions, such as RAN, Core, and Network automation tools.
Beyond network solutions, Samsung introduced the world’s first commercially available 5G smartphone and tablet in 2019: The Galaxy S10 5G and the Galaxy Tab S6 5G. For the past 2 years, Samsung has continued to fine-tune the 5G experience for consumers in 5G-ready markets, defined by intelligent connections and optimal performance available on Galaxy devices.
Partnerships with Xbox, for example, provide Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members with console-quality graphics and access to their favorite titles on the go via cloud gaming (Beta) with devices like the Galaxy Note20. With social distancing and workplaces going remote, optimizations for Google Duo have ensured high-quality video chats connect people to family, friends, and co-workers. Together with various industry partners, Samsung has also been helping enterprises harness the true potential of 5G in private networks. It has collaborated with public cloud leaders to simplify the deployment of private 5G networks for enterprises to bring intelligent solutions into factories and offices.
These innovations are available on Samsung’s full portfolio of 5G devices, which includes affordable mid-range devices in the Galaxy A series, laptops like the Galaxy Book Flex, high-end tablets like the Galaxy Tab S7/S7+, and more. But this is just the beginning of Samsung’s plans for 5G.
Making 5G Available to More People
Samsung has its sights set on bringing next-gen connectivity to more people in more markets. A key part of this plan is to roll out more device options beyond the high-end segment and introduce 5G connectivity to a wider range of entry-level devices. Another key element is to expand Samsung’s 5G network footprint across the globe, delivering immersive 5G experiences to more customers and markets around the world.
“Our goal has always been to put the power of 5G into as many hands as possible and push the industry forward with pioneering innovations,” said Won-Joon Choi, EVP and Head of Flagship Product R&D Team at Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “The early success of Galaxy 5G devices is proof that Samsung is offering users one of the best experiences 5G has to offer, and we will continue to do that by developing a broader range of Galaxy 5G devices at a variety of price points.”
In addition to expanding its portfolio, Samsung is making groundbreaking discoveries to make the 5G experience even better.
This year, Samsung introduced the power of network virtualization by bringing its fully virtualized 5G RAN (vRAN) to the market, providing mobile operators with flexible, scalable, cost-efficient 5G networks with superior performance. It also unveiled Samsung’s Link Cell, a 5G indoor solution which enables operators to provide enhanced, seamless 5G experiences for their users. Additionally, the C-Band Massive MIMO radio solution Samsung introduced in October will give even more people access to immersive 5G experiences.
These advancements are a continuation of Samsung’s extensive work to develop 5G technology in collaboration with major global operators to showcase virtualized Core solutions and to test 5G end-to-end network slicing, advancing and unlocking the full potential of 5G.
Samsung is also continuing its decades-long work with organizations like the 3GPP to develop standards for 5G that will help shape the future of the technology, from Industrial IoT (IIoT) to faster data transfer speeds and improved security.
The Impact of Samsung on 5G in Canada
In Canada, Samsung is at the forefront of the 5G revolution, having been selected as the 5G networks infrastructure supplier for providers including TELUS and Videotron. Samsung will play a large part in helping TELUS build out its nationwide 5G network, laying groundwork to be one of the primary telecom vendors in Canada. Earlier this year, TELUS launched its 5G network in 26 communities across Canada, including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal.
After signing a milestone agreement in 2019, Videotron and Samsung announced a collaboration to gradually launch 5G service to users in Quebec this year. For the launch, Samsung has provided 5G RAN, which covers 600MHz, 700MHz, 2.6GHz and AWS spectrums. Moreover, Samsung’s RAN supports both LTE and 5G NR, enabling convenient operation of a network, and saves installation space while reducing CAPEX and OPEX. The commercial rollout will open up exciting experiences for Videotron’s 5G users and bring reliable and advanced 5G services to users in Canada.
“5G is a catalyst for change that will allow everything and everyone to communicate with each other quickly, reliably and with near-endless data capacity,” said Stephen Wiktorski, Head of Networks, Samsung Electronics Canada. “Samsung offers Canadians an end-to-end 5G experience. In addition to 5G network solutions, Samsung was the first to launch a 5G-capable device and, with more innovation on the horizon to change how we connect within our homes, workplaces, and even cars.”
With the success of the Galaxy S20 series, Samsung has already set the pace for 5G adoption and shaped consumer expectations for next-gen connectivity. As it continues to play a critical role in refining the technology and making it more accessible through a broader range of devices, including standalone 5G smartphones, the future of 5G looks more promising than ever.
 “Samsung S20+ is World’s No.1 5G Smartphone Model by Revenue”, Strategy Analytics, https://www.strategyanalytics.com/access-services/devices/mobile-phones/smartphone/smartphone-model-tracker/reports/report-detail/samsung-s20-is-world’s-no.1-5g-smartphone-model-by-revenue
 5G availability and network performance, including but not limited to download and streaming speeds, may vary based on market, network and/or content provider, data plans, and other factors.
Trump administration halts supplies to Huawei in final days of presidency – MobileSyrup
The Trump administration is halting shipments from Intel and other Huawei suppliers in the final days of the current presidency.
Reuters reports that the administration has notified suppliers it’s revoking licenses that allow them to sell to the Chinese company. The administration also plans to reject other applications to supply to Huawei.
This latest action, which is likely U.S. President Donald Trump’s final blow to the Chinese company, builds on the administration’s efforts to weaken Huawei, which it sees as a national security threat.
Emails seen by Reuters reveal that the Commerce Department issued “intents to deny a significant number of license requests for exports to Huawei and a revocation of at least one previously issued license.”
Sources have said that eight licenses have been revoked from four companies. The department hasn’t commented on the news, but has said it will apply licensing policies in a way that “protects U.S. national security and foreign policy interests.”
Back in May 2019, the Trump administration put Huawei on an entity list that restricted suppliers from selling U.S. technology to it.
It’s worth noting that during his term, Trump has targeted Huawei in other ways as well. Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver in 2018 on a U.S. warrant for violating sanctions in Iran. Meng’s extradition proceedings are still on-going.
Carl Pei to announce his new brand next week and he's also giving away 10 MacBook Air computers – gizmochina
Former OnePlus co-founder, Carl Pei, announced his exit from the company last October to start his own venture. In December, he revealed that his new startup has raised $7 million but revealed little details about the business. If you are curious just as we are, you should look forward to next week.
Today, Carl Pei took to Twitter to announce that the audio brand will be unveiled next week on January 27th. While that is exciting news, the founder will also be giving away 10 units of the new Apple M1-powered Macbook Air.
Ends Jan 31. pic.twitter.com/vxPeQN8TKH
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) January 18, 2021
The giveaway is open to everyone from across the globe and winners will be selected on January 31.
There is little we know about Carl Pei’s new company other than that it will deal in audio-related products, though that may change later in the future as companies are known to expand their portfolio as they grow bigger.
The money raised for the startup last month was raised from family and friends that include notable names such as Casey Nesitat, Kevin Lin who co-founded Twitch, Tony Fadell who invented the iPod, Steve Huffman of Reddit, and Josh Buckley who is the CEO of Product Hunt.
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