Samsung to acquire Zhilabs to expand AI-based automation portfolio for 5G

Doris Richards
October 19, 2018

In the Samsung news release, Youngky Kim, the company's head of networks business, said that 5G "will enable unprecedented services attributed to the generation of exponential data traffic, for which automated and intelligent network analytics tools are vital".

The acquisition - part of Samsung's initiative to invest 25 trillion won (£17bn) in areas of AI, 5G, automotive electronics components, and biopharmaceuticals - will enable Samsung to offer automated solutions and network analytics alongside its 5G offerings.

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.

In a vein similar to many other smartphone manufacturers, Samsung is also attempting to get the early bird advantage by adapting and introducing 5G technology, which is the next logical step along the telecom industry. It's a networks analytics startup that's based in Barcelona.

Zhilabs ticks two of those boxes, as it uses AI to analyze network data, allowing it to crunch data at a higher rate, which will be key for developing much faster networks.

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

The acquisition could let Samsung enhance its 5G capabilities and network quality, with Zhilabs' AI-based analytics that monitor the performance of SMS messaging, data connectivity and roaming at an individual subscriber level.

Zhilabs will remain an independent operation with its own management in place, Samsung said.

The acquisition of Zhilabs is expected to boost Samsung's connected devices and 5G push. Huawei is facing ban in some of the 5G markets due to its alleged connection with China government.

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