Comcast and Samsung have signed an agreement where the cable giant will use Samsung’s 5G radio access network (RAN) to enhance 5G connectivity in Comcast areas.
Samsung will supply 5G RAN solutions to deliver 5G access to consumer and business users in the U.S. using Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) and 600MHz spectrum. The deal will also include baseband units and a 5G CBRS strand small cell that can be deployed on aerial cable lines.
With this technology, Comcast can more effectively provide 5G cellular connectivity by leveraging existing Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) infrastructure without having to build additional cell sites.
Demand for internet access inside and outside the home and office is at an all-time high, Comcast said. The partnership would provide additional 5G coverage to Comcast’s existing Xfinity Wi-Fi network and cellular networks.
Comcast and Samsung are conducting field trials for the 5G network and will be expanding the tests later this year.
“Our capital-light approach to providing enhanced 5G connectivity in service areas where we have a high concentration of traffic and cable infrastructure is smart for our business and even better for customers who will benefit from broader coverage and industry-leading speeds and prices,” said Tom Nagel, SVP of wireless strategy at Comcast.