Vodafone chooses Ericsson to help develop London 4G network
Vodafone UK has selected Ericsson to provide massive MIMO and carrier aggregation technology
Arun Bansal, head of Europe and Latin America for Ericsson, says: “We are working with Vodafone UK to evolve its 4G network and test new 5G technologies. Together we will enable ubiquitous connectivity for their users that enable entirely new experiences, as well as monitoring and control of IoT in real time.”
The joint deal with Ericsson includes: technology trials, product validation and commercial deployment, and professional services.
The companies have also signed a memorandum of understanding that covers the following areas of collaboration: 4G evolution, 5G radio, 5G site deployment scenarios, NR simulations, 5G use-cases, cloud and network slicing proof of concept, end-to-end latency, cloud- optimized network applications, collaboration with King’s College London and the 5G innovation Technology Incubation Programme.
Massive MIMO uses advanced antenna arrays to improve the quality of radio signals and capacity, while Carrier Aggregation merges different mobile frequencies to increase capacity and user data rates, which ultimately improves end-user performance.
Jorge Fernandes, technology director at Vodafone UK, said: “We are continually enhancing our network to optimize performance and give our customers the best possible experience. We will continue to expand our 4G network and develop greater capabilities for our customers. We look forward to continuing to work with Ericsson in order to achieve our goals.”
The announcement comes days after Vodafone demonstrated massive MIMO technology at its global headquarters with Huawei.