Samsung Electronics announced Friday that it will provide 4G LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) and 5G radio access networks solutions to Videotron, a Canadian telecommunications operator. This is the first time Samsung is delivering network solutions in Canada.
After many decades in the cable television and internet access business, Videotron deployed its wireless operation in 2010, and has been the fastest growing new operator since then.
Currently providing 4G LTE service, Videotron plans to launch commercial LTE-A and 5G services in late 2020.
Starting in early 2020, Samsung will deliver 4G LTE-A solutions across Quebec and Ottawa in which the solutions include Massive MIMO and Dual-band base stations. Those stations will, in turn, support the operator’s 4G LTE frequencies, and 5G solutions for both 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz spectrum.
Providing commercially proven 4G LTE-A solutions, and 5G commercial solutions from global markets, Samsung says it will increase efficiency in accelerating expansion of 5G service coverage to match pace with Canada’s 5G commercial launch, which is expected to take place in late 2020.
“This partnership will allow us to deliver the most advanced telecommunications solutions to Quebecers. While 4G technology has profoundly transformed telecommunications in the world, LTE Advanced and 5G will undoubtedly revolutionize the way we interact with our loved ones and the environment around us,” said Videotron President/CEO Jean François Pruneau. “We want to be with our customers through these major changes and the choice of Samsung as a supplier is not a coincidence, we are convinced that they represent the best option to achieve this objective. Videotron has always been at the forefront of major technological changes and the arrival of 5G is no exception.”
December 16, 2019