Qualcomm and Ericsson prepare next phase of 5G commercialisation

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Another milestone has been reached in the commercialisation of 5G with the news that Qualcomm and Ericsson have completed a 5G New Radio (NR) data connection that's compliant with global 3GPP 5G NR Release 15 specifications in Standalone (SA) mode of operation.

The connection was achieved on band n41 at Ericsson’s facilities utilising 5G commercial base stations from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio, its standalone NR software and its Cloud Core solution for 5G with a mobile smartphone form-factor test device powered by the second-generation Snapdragon X55 5G modem and Qualcomm RF Front-End (RFFE) solution.

The demonstration was used to highlight the companies’ readiness to support the 2nd phase of 5G commercialisation with SA deployments that utilise a new 5G core network to provide more 5G capabilities – including guaranteed quality of service and network slicing, which are deemed essential to support new emerging business models in areas such as Industrial IoT (IIoT) and enterprise-grade cloud services.

“The global rollout of 5G is exceeding expectations in both its speed and scale,” said Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager, 4G/5G, Qualcomm Technologies. “Qualcomm is proud to work with industry leaders like Ericsson in playing a key role in this journey to support global OEMs and operators to quickly rollout commercial 5G this year using non-standalone architecture, and now working together to drive a smooth transition to 5G standalone starting in 2020.”

“Together with Qualcomm, we have reached another important milestone that supports the transition to standalone 5G,” said Per Narvinger, head of product area networks, Ericsson. “This demonstrates that 5G network technologies continue to mature and that we are strengthening the 5G ecosystem. Service providers are already able to deliver the benefits of 5G technology, and now we are taking further steps to release the full potential of 5G, serving users and industries alike.”