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Major 5G win for Samsung Electronics in New Zealand

Samsung Electronics has taken a contract from Huawei, sort of.

The Korean company announced Thursday it will be supplying 5G new radio solutions, including Massive MIMO radios, to Spark New Zealand, the largest telecom provider in the country.

It is the first network equipment contract for Samsung Electronics in New Zealand, the market having been dominated by Huawei and Nokia.

Huawei has been the equipment provider for Spark’s 4G service.

Huawei had been chosen as the exclusive supplier of 5G network equipment, but in late 2018, the New Zealand government told Spark that it must not use Huawei’s 5G radio access network equipment.

The New Zealand carrier is now employing a multi-vendor strategy, working with Samsung Electronics, Nokia and Huawei.

“With the deal, Samsung is taking an important step forward to strengthen our presence in 5G service for the global markets,” said Kim Woo-june, executive vice president and head of global sales and marketing, networks business at Samsung Electronics.

“We are pleased to have Samsung as a 5G vendor for our mobile services. Not only are they able to offer us a huge amount of global best practice and network infrastructure knowledge, they can also provide a proven immersive 5G experience for our customers,” said Rajesh Singh, general manager of value management of Spark New Zealand.

“One of the main reasons we selected Samsung was their 5G new radio solutions which deliver enhanced network capability, high-quality connections and state-of-the-art technology.”

BY PARK EUN-JEE [park.eunjee@joongang.co.kr]

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