Vodafone has claimed an trade first with the launch of the UK’s inaugural ‘standalone’ 5G community constructed for Coventry University.
Coventry, which maintained its top 15 ranking within the Guardian’s most up-to-date college league tables, was recognised by the operator for its ‘innovation and excellence in digital teaching’. The community will likely be used to trial digital actuality (VR) studying applied sciences for pupil nurses and allied well being professionals.
The announcement was timed particularly to coincide with the primary anniversary of Vodafone launching industrial 5G for the UK. The launch showcased a rugby ‘tackle’ from greater than 100 miles’ distance. While Coventry was not among the many preliminary rollout cities, a part of the demonstration occurred there, that includes gamers from Coventry-based Wasps Rugby.
Standalone 5G, because the identify suggests, is a community which doesn’t depend on 4G LTE, which means ultra-low latency, higher ensures on pace, and additional use circumstances for the Internet of Things (IoT).
“This is a landmark in our 5G journey,” mentioned Scott Petty, Vodafone UK chief know-how officer. “5G right this moment is all about capability and elevated speeds. It’s giving folks the perfect cell expertise ever, however it’s solely the tip of the iceberg of what 5G can do.
“With this new live network we’re demonstrating the future potential of 5G and how it will be so valuable to the UK economy,” Petty added.
The community, which options Ericsson’s 5G Radio Dot system, has additional enter from MediaTek, OPPO, and Qualcomm. From Ericsson’s perspective, the corporate mentioned standalone 5G networks have been ‘central to the promise of 5G to reimagine society, the economy, and industries.’
Ericsson has additionally confirmed the worldwide availability of standalone 5G new radio (NR) software program for mid- and low bands. The software program means CSPs ‘can now operate 5G NR without the need for signalling support from an underlying LTE network’, the corporate added.
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