Vodafone UK selects Ericsson for London 4G network improvements, signs 5G MoU

Ericsson has been selected, after a competitive tender process, by Vodafone UK to improve its 4G networks in London and southern England using technologies such as massive MIMO and carrier aggregation, which will help deliver improved capacity and end-user performance

Massive MIMO technology uses advanced antenna arrays to improve the quality of radio signals and capacity, while carrier aggregation combines different cellular frequencies to increase capacity and user data rates.

A Vodafone spokesperson told Land Mobile that work has started immediately with the addition of significant amounts of two- way carrier aggregation in the North of London as well as continued deployment of both two-way and three-way aggregation in the South. In addition, the massive MIMO deployments will start in the coming weeks and will be in areas where increased capacity and coverage are required to serve the future needs of large populations. They added that all this work will be completed prior to any 5G deployments.

The scope of the agreement includes technology trials, product validation and commercial deployment, as well as professional services. The Vodafone spokesperson said that the agreement also covers the addition of new macro base stations which are being deployed to both add coverage and capacity, together with the deployment of small cells.

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