Swedish vendor Ericsson has been selected to provide massive multiple-input, multiple-output (Massive MIMO) and carrier aggregation (CA) technology to help British mobile network operator (MNO) Vodafone UK evolve its 4G infrastructure in London and southern England. In a press release confirming the move, Ericsson also confirmed it has been selected to provide Vodafone UK with ‘5G Radio technology’ to prepare for the introduction of 5G in the region. The scope of the agreement between the pair reportedly includes technology trials, product validation and commercial deployment, as well as professional services.
Meanwhile, Ericsson and Vodafone have also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will cover several areas of collaboration, including: 4G evolution, 5G radio non-standalone and standalone; 5G site deployment scenarios; New Radio (NR) simulations: 3.5GHz and mmWave; 5G use-cases: business case study and proof of concept; distributed cloud and network slicing proof of concept: end-to-end latency and cloud- optimised network applications.
Commenting on the deal, Vodafone UK’s technology director Jorge Fernandes said: ‘We are continually enhancing our network to optimise 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.’ Meanwhile, Arun Bansal, Head of Europe and Latin America, Ericsson, added: ‘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.’