Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Samsung says ola to Zhilabs

Samsung says ola to Zhilabs

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.

5G will enable unprecedented services attributed to the generation of exponential data traffic, for which automated and intelligent network analytics tools are vital.

Samsung is strengthening its bid to become a major player in 5G networks with the acquisition of analytics firm Zhilabs.

The acquisition of Zhilabs is part of Samsung's initiative, announced in August, to invest 25 trillion won (about $22 billion) in businesses working on AI, 5G, components for self-driving vehicles, and biopharmaceutical technologies.

Celcom Axiata, Telenor, Vodafone, Telefonica, O2, TIM, MTel, Optus, Monaco Telecom, Telekom Srbija, Jazztel, Maxis, among others, are some of the customers of Zhilabs.

The Korean electronics giant says AI-powered automation will be essential for 5G applications like the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and connected cars but will require analytical capabilities beyond the limits of existing tools.

Founded in Spain in 2008, Zhilabs focuses on solutions that measure service quality and automate network operations by analyzing network operation and performance, and data traffic on networks. Samsung will fully own Zhilabs going forward but the company is going to operate independently with its own management. Samsung, of course, has already teamed up with large carriers to start powering commercial 5G networks.

The takeover is expected to boost Samsung Electronics' competitiveness in 5G, which is picked as one of the company's four future growth engine items along with artificial intelligence (AI), electronic devices for cars and biotechnology. Samsung has the potential to cash is on the challenges faced by Huawei in the global telecom network market.

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