Vodafone UK has tapped Ericsson to help it roll out advanced 4G technologies, including massive MIMO and carrier aggregation.
Work is expected to start in London and southern England with the deployment of massive MIMO and carrier aggregation to boost both capacity and performance. Ericsson said the scope of the agreement includes trials of the new technologies, as well as validation, commercial deployment, and professional services.
Jorge Fernandes, Vodafone UK’s technology director, said the move will help the carrier “develop greater capabilities for our customers.”
The companies are also set to collaborate on all things 5G, including radio technology – both standalone and non-standalone – as well as 5G site deployment scenarios, NR simulations for 3.5 GHz and millimeter wave spectrum, and business case studies and proofs-of-concept for 5G use cases. The pair will also team up on 5G innovation via the Technology Incubation Programme.
“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,” Ericsson’s Head of Europe and Latin America Arun Bansal added.
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