With the help of Ericsson, Oppo and Qualcomm, Vodafone launched Europe's first commercialized standalone 5G network in Germany
Ericsson, Vodafone, Oppo and Qualcomm join forces to deploy a standalone 5G network, starting with major German cities, including Frankfurt.
In addition to the benefits for industries, governments and businesses, mobile users will benefit from new experiences thanks to the low latency, high speeds and large data capacity of 5G SA.
The standalone 5G network basically operates completely independently of 4G and guarantees lower latency than current non-standalone 5G networks. It allows multiple people and objects connected at the same time to use mobile data.
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THE STANDALONE 5G NETWORK
Düsseldorf, Münster and Leipzig will be the first European cities to receive standalone 5G coverage.
The carrier has approximately 1,000 antennas operating in the 3.5 GHz range in 170 cities and municipalities. Users can connect their smartphones to the new technology after an automatic firmware update, while corporate customers can also start using the standalone network for industrial projects this month.
Unlike non-autonomous networks, standalone 5G means that all components are 5G, including the core and the new radio. Non-autonomous 5G networks depend on a 4G LTE core, with a new secondary 5G radio.
ENERGY CONSUMPTION IS ALSO REDUCED
Vodafone's network will also support network slicing, which allows for tremendous flexibility as different parts of the same network can be allocated for different specific use cases. In addition to the huge opportunities for innovation, the energy consumption of mobile phone users is reduced by almost 20% with 5G Standalone. This is because the device no longer has to connect to the 5G and Lte network at the same time.
Hence, the commercialization of the first 5G SA commercial network in Europe marks a milestone in the development of 5G in the region.
Undoubtedly a step forward to achieve the objectives of the EU Digital Compass of bringing Gigabit for all and 5G everywhere.
START THE 5G IN GERMANY "ON ITS OWN LEGS"
“We are paving the way for real-time connectivity. In Germany, 5G stands on its own legs for the first time, ”explained the CEO of Vodafone Germany, Hannes Ametsreiter, in Dusseldorf.
THE CHINESE OPPO ONLY SUPPLIER OF CONNECTABLE MOBILE DEVICES
In order to allow customers to take advantage of the enhanced 5G network, Chinese smartphone maker Oppo says it will provide a software update to enable standalone support on Oppo Find X3 Pro smartphones in the coming weeks, ideally by April.
The network was then tested with Oppo Find X3 Pro smartphones powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G mobile platform.
THE CONTRIBUTION OF ERICSSON
Ericsson provided products and solutions from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio, as well as the Ericsson cloud core for 5G Core based on cloud-native microservices, to help Vodafone build its new network. In Frankfurt, Ericsson and Vodafone have also converted a data center to 5G, enabling data processing via the cloud that is flexible to the growing needs of the area.
Standalone 5G “brings huge benefits to both industry and consumers. With faster network response times, users can now harness the power of real-time mobile communication, ”said Arun Bansal, Ericsson's president of Europe and Latin America.
This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/innovazione/vodafone-ericsson-oppo-rete-5g-sgermania/ on Tue, 13 Apr 2021 12:04:18 +0000.