Industry leaders collaborate to develop the next generation of mobile network architecture, planning an LTE trial test in Q3 2011
SEOUL, Korea – February 13, 2011 – KT, a representative service provider in South Korea, Intel Corporation, the world leader in silicon innovation and processor technologies, and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., an advanced network solution provider, jointly announced today that they will demonstrate the world’s first live-air LTE solutions based on Cloud Communication Center (CCC) network technology at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona, Spain. They also plan an LTE trial test in the third quarter of this year in South Korea. Working together, KT, Intel and Samsung are shaping the future of next generation network architecture.
At MWC, KT, Intel, and Samsung will demonstrate a Full-HD 3D video streaming using LTE solutions based on CCC prototype systems. For this demonstration, Samsung will utilize its commercial-ready LTE end-to-end solution and commercial servers powered by Intel architecture, a general purpose processor platform.
LTE CCC is an innovative network technology converging cloud computing and telecommunications. It enables enhancement of data traffic capacity and network flexibility while reducing an operator’s total costs for network deployment and operation. As mobile data traffic continues to increase sharply, CCC architecture is expected to be a key solution of next generation network for mobile network operators.
With CCC architecture, Radio Unit (RU), which is placed in its own local site, only performs radio transmissions and Digital Unit (DU) connected to RU via a wired network such as optical fiber carries out all communication signals processing with Intel architecture based servers and Samsung modems in a centralized communication center. This minimizes the real estate costs and operations personnel required to manage equipment at the local site, and allows for more cost-effective centralized operations management.
CCC architecture applies virtualization technologies which enable the management of overall network conditions at the communication center, so that operators not only can effectively allocate radio resources by time and place according to the volume of data traffic, but also benefit from improving the scalability of network capacity.
In addition, CCC architecture allows operators to reduce the number of base stations required and support a smooth network migration to next generation mobile services. This is made possible by software-oriented development while avoiding the conventional approach of hardware-oriented system development. As a result, CCC architecture is also expected to contribute to Green IT by reducing power consumption for each coverage area.
The three-way collaboration among KT, Intel and Samsung is intended to deliver the highest quality of experience to users on KT’s network, and to securely manage their voice and data communications in a cost-effective way. KT, Intel and Samsung plan to begin their LTE trial test in the third quarter of this year in Seoul, South Korea, and will strengthen their partnership in CCC architecture to support multiple radio standards and expand the market around the globe in the future.
Dr. Hyunmyung Pyo, President of Mobile Business Group of KT, said “KT is looking for integrated wired and wireless solutions for our customer to enjoy IT services securely as they wish. As one of these solutions, KT is trying to deploy a CCC network and expects that the LTE CCC system developed by the three way collaborations among KT, Intel and Samsung will enable a green mobile network as well as reduce total cost of ownership via the flexible software on an open hardware platform, and therefore show an innovative way to mobile wonderland”
“Network operators need to deliver a smart, secure experience to billions of new devices.” stated David Perlmutter, Intel Executive Vice President and Co-general Manager of the Intel Architecture Group. “By utilizing cloud communications center technology based on Intel architecture, KT will be able to drive a faster rate of innovation and quickly expand network capacity as demand for services rises, all while maximizing revenue.”
Mr. Youngky Kim, Executive Vice President and Head of the Telecommunication Systems Business of Samsung Electronics, said “We’re very excited to introduce one of the most competitive 4G solutions which increase network throughput and drastically decrease operator’s CAPEX and OPEX as well.” “By leveraging LTE solutions based on CCC and our accumulated experiences in the 4G OFDMA market, Samsung will provide the most optimized mobile broadband solutions to service providers and strengthen our technology and market leadership.” he added.
KT, the largest telephony carrier in South Korea, holds around 87% of the fixed-line telephone service, 32% of the mobile phone service, and 43% of the broadband internet service of the nation. The company is providing individuals, families and companies with advanced IT services, including voice & text data, wired & wireless networks, and broadcasting & telecommunications services. Now KT is moving toward the vision of becoming a Global ICT leader with its convergence technology.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 174,000 people in 193 offices across 66 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.