Ericsson secures 5G Core deal with Vodafone in UK

Vodafone has announced a deal with Ericsson to use its dual-mode 5G Core technology across its core networks in Germany and the UK.

5G Core accounted for more than 20% revenue share of the mobile core network market in Q1, according to Dell'Oro Group which claims that broader adoption of 5G core is a “needed step towards a fully 5G network that no longer relies on 4G LTE in the core for control”.

Technology including virtual reality, augmented reality, negligible latency and huge data-handling ability will be facilitated by 5G Standalone according to Ericsson and the use of the technology is a “major catalyst towards Industry 4.0” according to the Swedish company.

In the UK, the 5G Core deployment will span five years and make Ericsson an “end-to-end 5G network partner for Vodafone”. Deployment has already begun in Germany, including the launch of what the duo claimed was Europe’s largest commercial 5G Standalone network in April alongside Qualcomm.

Andrea Dona, chief network officer for Vodafone UK, said: “Our close collaboration with Ericsson has been significant in taking the next step for 5G innovation.

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