The move is seen as a part of Samsung’s push into connected devices and 5G mobile services that require fast data crunching.
Samsung did not disclose the value of the deal, which marks the first announced acquisition in new technologies since it pledged to spend $22.23 billion in artificial intelligence, 5G, electronic components for autos, and biopharmaceuticals.
Zhilabs, which uses artificial intelligence to analyse network data, could help its transition to newer 5G gear, as it uses automated network analytics tool for fast data crunching.
The outfit was founded in and provides analyses of network condition, performance, and data traffic for about 50 telecom companies.
While it is fully owned by Samsung, Zhilabs will continue to operate independently under its own management.
Samsung said it “will also explore and invest in other business opportunities powered by the emerging technologies”.