Vodafone to do 5G trials with Ericsson and Qualcomm

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Telecom operator Vodafone will associate with technology partners Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies for doing 5G New Radio (NR) trial in the United Kingdom.

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Validation of 5G NR technologies will enable telecom operators to test 3GPP standard compliant 5G NR infrastructure and devices at scale.

“The demonstration of the 5G standard in sub-6GHz bands is an important step forward in the development of 5G. Standardization of this technology will help deliver high performing and reliable 5G mobile networks with global coverage,” said Matt Beal, director of technology, architecture and strategy, Vodafone.

The 5G trial will showcase 5G NR technologies that utilize wide bandwidths to increase network capacity and achieve multi-gigabit per second data rates. 5G will be applicable to both existing licensed bands and new bands in sub 6GHz.

“5G will enable operators to provide use cases in areas such as the Internet of Things, automation and big data, and the ability to build new revenue streams with radically new business models,” said Ulf Ewaldsson, senior vice president and chief strategy and technology officer, Ericsson.

The trial will use advanced 3GPP 5G NR technologies including Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology, adaptive self-contained TDD, beamforming techniques, scalable OFDM-based waveforms to support wider bandwidths, advanced coding and modulation schemes, and a new flexible framework design.