From the lab to real life: the advanced tests of VMO2 and Samsung

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News of the collaboration between the two broke in October, when they set out to check the capacity and performance of Samsung’s 4G and 5G network solutions on Virgin Media’s commercial O2 network.

Since the start of this year, field trials have been carried out at two sites, located in Tamworth and the Peak District, England.

With testing now complete, the two said they could deliver “better coverage and greater data capacity to improve mobile experiences for 5G customers.”

Francis BJ Chun, President and CEO of Samsung Electronics UK, said, “We look forward to playing a major role in diversifying the network equipment supply chain in the UK market.

Jeanie York, CTO of VMO2, added: “We are delighted to continue our previous collaboration with Samsung, taking another 5G step forward in our effort to develop Open RAN technologies.

“We will continue our collaborative efforts with Samsung to explore the possibilities of 5G and push the technology further to deliver a superior user experience to our customers.”

Samsung provided 4G radios, 5G Massive MIMO radios and baseband units for testing and tested for interoperability with Virgin Media O2’s 2G/3G/4G networks. The trials also validated the use of Samsung’s DSS capabilities, for potential future use.

The solutions cover a range of Virgin Media O2 spectra, from low band to mid band (800 MHz, 2.1 GHz and 3.5 GHz). Specifically, Samsung shipped its 5G 64T64R Massive MIMO radios for the 3.5 GHz spectrum, a major 5G spectrum band for the carrier’s network.

Samsung’s 5G 64T64R Massive MIMO radios are being commercially deployed at scale in global markets, currently providing mobile service to millions of customers. This solution, together with Samsung’s baseband unit, will provide improved coverage and greater data capacity to enhance mobile experiences for 5G customers.

Five-year DEI strategy

Elsewhere at Virgin Media O2, the combined company’s first five-year diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) strategy has just been launched.

Called “all in”, the drive has four objectives:

• Equal representation of women and men in the company’s management team

• Have advanced progress towards gender parity, including all gender identities and expressions across the organization

• 15% of Virgin Media O2’s management team will be from minority ethnic groups

• 25% of the entire Virgin Media O2 organization will be from minority ethnic groups

However, the company has gone further than others by offering to fund gender transition treatment for transgender and non-binary employees to help them access medical care, support and advice, with work in course to develop and implement a comprehensive support package.

The company said: “This is in addition to the company providing employees with access to a range of services to support their health and wellbeing.”

To achieve its goals, Virgin Media O2 said it would put in place “more equitable policies to ensure it provides the right support and flexibility to all employees, so they have everything they need.” need to perform at their best – both at work and in their personal lives”. .

As part of this, the company will continue to work with its networks of employees who represent the LGBTQ+ community; sex; People with Disabilities; neurodivergent people; unpaid caregivers; and underrepresented ethnic groups, to help meet the needs of all its residents and make them feel valued.

In addition, he will continue to support charities, agencies and external community groups, including partnering with youth empowerment organization, 20/20 Change, to fund free, life-changing mentoring courses. to help young people from underrepresented ethnic groups to unlock and thrive. their potential.

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