Samsung Electronics buys network analysis firm Zhilabs in 5G push

Ruben Fields
October 20, 2018

Samsung disclosed that it's acquired Barcelona-based Zhilabs, a network analytics startup, and while Samsung hasn't shared terms of the deal, it is saying the objective is pretty straightforward.

In August, Samsung announced plans to boost investments in businesses that will drive its future growth, committing to a KRW 25 trillion investment over the next three years in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, automotive electronics components and biopharmaceuticals.

But the list of Zhilabs customers is definitely impressive, including Hewlett Packard Enterprise, as well as several major wireless service providers, like Vodafone, O2, Telefonica, and Optus.

The addition of Zhilabs "lays the foundation for Samsung to foster its 5G offerings of automation and network analytics to finely tune the customer experiences in the 5G era", Samsung said in a news release. The acquisition, according to Samsung, is about helping the company get better prepared for the era of widespread 5G availability.

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Samsung is betting that Zhilabs, which uses artificial intelligence to analyse network data, would help its transition to newer 5G gear, as it uses automated network analytics tool for fast data crunching. Along the same, the South Koran company has acquired Barcelona-based network data analysis firm Zhilabs. Founded in 2008, Barcelona-based Zhilabs' solution helps carriers drill down into the network performance experience at the individual subscriber level.

The financial terms of this purchase have not been revealed, but Zhilabs will continue to operate independently under its own management as a full-owned Samsung subsidiary.

Samsung is the fourth largest telecom network maker after Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia. "Samsung Electronics will actively expand its 5G infrastructure with global telecom operators based on cooperation with Zhilabs".

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