Now, after years of purchasing and selling different spectrum assets, cable operators have picked their moment to accelerate their wireless strategy by leveraging the latest 5G technologies to be deployed in an attractive mid-band spectrum.
Cable operators’ plans are paying off as they discover that leveraging 5G technologies will provide them key benefits, including: MVNO offload savings, the ability to enhance 'triple-play' bundles with home internet, TV, and mobile services, and the opportunity to improve customer experiences.
Samsung’s 5G CBRS Strand Small Cell Goes Commercial
Samsung is perfectly positioned to help cable operators execute on their wireless strategy and achieve these new benefits. Central to this is the company’s 5G CBRS Strand Small Cell solution, a compact, integrated and lightweight product that was announced last year, which provides cable operators a simple way to rapidly deploy their own data-offload capability using CBRS spectrum and their existing cable facilities. After extensive lab and field testing with multiple customers, it is now commercially available, and we are also proud to announce that this product is live in commercial networks with our first 5G Strand Small Cell customer, Comcast.
Designed to hang from existing cable lines, Samsung’s plug-and-play small cell solution is instantly recognized by the network once installed, and efficiently draws power and internet connectivity from the lines it's hung from. This makes it easy and cost-effective for U.S. cable operators to provide mobile 5G coverage where customers need it most.
Notably, the 5G Strand Small Cell uses Samsung's proven macro network chipset to enable features parity with the macro environment; it is essentially a miniature version of a standalone full blown 5G cell site with a fully integrated DOCSIS cable modem—a welcome solution to cable operators.