Samsung and Avista Edge join forces to help bridge the digital divide

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Samsung’s 5G-enabled CBRS solutions, combined with customer’s on-premises equipment with patented Avista Edge™ 5G power meter collar, will help power utilities and Internet service providers bring broadband to communities rural usa

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced today that it has been selected as the Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) and Compact Core provider for Avista Edge, Inc.., a last-mile fixed wireless access (FWA) 5G technology provider that helps electric utilities and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) deliver high-speed Internet services to customers in rural communities. With a focus on delivering fast, reliable Internet service to those who need it most, Avista Edge, an unregulated subsidiary of Avista Corp., brings enhanced connectivity to people in underserved communities through partnerships with US electric utilities and local ISPs.

As efforts to bridge the digital divide continue in the United States, Samsung and Avista Edge aim to help bridge the gap by delivering reliable high-speed Internet connectivity through power utilities and ISPs. Nearly 30% of Americans in rural areas live without a high-speed internet connection at home, according to Pew Research Center[1]rural households reporting consistently lower broadband adoption than suburban dwellers.

Samsung’s 64T64R Massive MIMO CBRS radio is used in the Avista Edge collaboration.

How it works

Samsung’s 5G-enabled CBRS and Compact Core solutions will be paired with Avista Edge’s Customer Premises Equipment (CPE). Using the Samsung-powered Avista Edge network, electric utilities will have access to an electric meter collar that contains all of the 5G FWA network components that enable last-mile high-speed internet service.

The Avista Edge CPE is quick and easy to install. It only takes a few minutes for power utility partners to connect the Avista Edge device between the electric meter and the outlet. The FCC and UL approved Avista Edge CPE can be installed without any construction, wires or modems, and avoids the high costs and delays frequently encountered with fiber-to-the-home initiatives.

The expansion of CBRS is essential to meet the rapidly increasing demands for connectivity across the country,” said Bob O’Donnell of TECHnalysis. “Samsung’s solutions powered by Avista Edge are a great example of how private companies and power utilities can partner to create new business models and successfully bridge the broadband access gap. in rural areas for larger populations. »

5G opportunity using CBRS

After conducting successful trials this year, including a pilot that launched in Cheney, Washington, in early 2022, Avista Edge plans to offer commercial 5G fixed wireless technology to power utilities in the future. and ISPs. Through this service, rural communities will have access to 5G connectivity, allowing them to use applications essential to the way we live and work, including telemedicine and online education.

“Given Samsung’s leadership in 5G network innovations, we are thrilled to collaborate at this important moment in our company’s history, as we aim to expand into last-mile broadband technology using the 5G and bring high-speed internet connectivity to rural communities,” said Mark Gustafson, president and CEO of Avista Edge. “As we build on Avista’s rich history of innovation, Avista Edge believes broadband internet is the new electricity that powers our lives and our economy and unlocks new possibilities in this connected world we live in. .”

Samsung’s CBRS and private network solutions provided to Avista Edge include a massive MIMO radio (Link) and compact core (Link), as well as deployment and management services. Samsung’s Massive MIMO, recently certified by OnGo Alliance (Link), offers three-dimensional beamforming technology supporting 4G and 5G operations. Its Compact Core enables rapid deployment and efficient operation of private networks for businesses.

“Samsung is excited to work with technology companies like Avista Edge to bring next-generation broadband connectivity to rural communities,” said Imran Akbar, vice president and new business team leader, Networks Business, Samsung Electronics America. “The Avista Edge meter collar is an innovative CPE design that leverages existing utility meters and, when combined with Samsung’s CBRS network, provides retail customers with a new choice in rural broadband.”
Akbar added: “This pilot project with Avista Edge also begins to bring our 5G-ready technologies and turnkey services to rural communities.”

For deployment and management services, Samsung plans to include TeleWorld Solutions (TWS), a subsidiary of Samsung.

Samsung has pioneered the successful delivery of end-to-end 5G solutions including chipsets, radios and cores. Through continuous research and development, Samsung is pushing the industry to advance 5G networks with its market-leading product portfolio, from fully virtualized RAN and Core to private network solutions and automation tools powered by the AI. The company currently provides network solutions to mobile operators that provide connectivity to hundreds of millions of users worldwide.

About Avista Edge
Avista Edge, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Avista Capital, Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Avista Corp.. (NYSE: AVA). For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.AvistaEdge.com. Avista Edge is a trademark of Avista Edge, Inc.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearables, tablets, digital devices, network systems, and memory, LSI system, foundry, and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com

1]https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2021/08/19/some-digital-divides-persist-between-rural-urban-and-suburban-america/
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