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KDDI Selects Samsung as a Network Solution Vendor

Samsung has entered the Japanese LTE market following a deal with KDDI, with the South Korean vendor supplying LTE equipment to the operator. KDDI plans to launch commercial LTE services in 2012. Samsung aims to introduce its optimised LTE solution for hotspots in dense user areas that require higher capacity mobile broadband, whilst simultaneously improving service quality in weak-signal areas.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, an advanced network solutions provider, today announced its provision of LTE solutions to KDDI, one of Japan’s largest telecom operators. KDDI and Samsung plan to launch a commercial LTE service in 2012.
During the past 10 years with the close business relationship based on shared values, KDDI and Samsung have established the goal to provide a high-quality of product and service. On the same lines, KDDI and Samsung intend to provide the best and differentiated LTE service to consumers as well.

Samsung aims to introduce the industry’s first and the most optimized LTE solution for hotspots in extremely dense user areas that require higher capacity mobile broadband, whilst simultaneously improving service quality in weak-signal areas.

Mr. Youngky Kim, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Telecommunication Systems Business of Samsung Electronics said, “As a long-term partner of KDDI, we’re very pleased to support them in establishing a new chapter of mobile communication in Japan”.

“It’s a cornerstone for today’s achievement that Samsung has always focused on providing solution for improving operators’ and end-users’ satisfaction since we entered into the telecommunication systems business. We’ll make constant efforts to provide more countries with our cutting-edge LTE solutions.” he added.

Through this partnership, Samsung expands its growing success and global presence within the industry following major LTE successes in the United States, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.

Samsung has cooperated with KDDI to provide commercial CDMA systems since 2002. Through offering Mobile WiMAX solution to UQ Communications, an affiliated company of KDDI for mobile broadband services, Samsung and KDDI has strengthened their strategic partnership from 2008.

Based on its wide range of field experience in OFDMA technology, Samsung has successfully won 8 commercial LTE contracts and partnered with more than 30 global operators. Samsung has a strong position in the 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project) standardization process and is one of the most influential network solution providers, chairing three positions and three vice-chair positions across various working groups in the 3GPP. Additionally, Samsung owns more than 25% of total LTE IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) related to OFDMA technology, demonstrating its advanced levels of innovation in this field.

Samsung started its telecommunication infrastructure business in the 1970s with the development of PABX (Private Automatic Branch Exchange). By popularizing advanced communication services including paging, ADSL, CDMA, WCDMA and Mobile WiMAX in South Korea, Samsung has helped South Korea to grow into an IT powerhouse. In doing so Samsung has accumulated a wide range of experience and expertise in deploying mobile solutions in various environments around the globe.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.