Samsung Electronics buys network analysis firm Zhilabs in 5G push

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"The 5G network is the platform of the fourth industrial revolution, and it will expand to new services infinitely beyond smartphones", Samsung Electronics said.

Network operators will require automated solutions and network analytics beyond what was possible in previous mobile generations, and AI-based services can be used to analyse user traffic, classify applications being used, and improve overall service quality. "/ said on Wednesday it has bought Barcelona-based network data analysis firm Zhilabs, as the South Korean giant gears up to launch products for connected devices a".

Back in August, Samsung announced its intention to invest in the direct creation of 40,000 jobs over the next 3 years, focusing on the AI, 5G, automotive electronics parts, and biopharmaceutical fields. It said that Zhilabs' network analytics expertise will be able to help Samsung "finely tune the customer experiences in the 5G era".

Zhilabs will operate independently once the acquisition is completed and the two firms will together on new technologies that will aid the transition from 4G to 5G.

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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.

Established in 2008, Zhilabs provides analyses of network condition, performance, and data traffic for about 50 telecom companies.

Going forward, it's not looking like the overcrowded global smartphone market will bounce back to massive growth anytime soon, so it's certainly not surprising to see Samsung trying to branch out, as well as consolidate and beef up its other profitable businesses.

The acquisition, according to Samsung, is about helping the company get better prepared for the era of widespread 5G availability.

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