Ericsson & Vodafone UK announce the first live UK pre-standard 5G test

COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: posted 21 December 2017

The first standalone pre-standard 5G using a prototype device in a central London 3.5 GHz spectrum field trial has been tested by Vodafone UK and Ericsson, in partnership with academics at King’s College London. This is a first in the UK and the initial step in further collaborative work between the three parties. Until now, no-one in the UK has shown pre-standard 5G working independently of existing 4G network technologies.

Vodafone will continue to test 5G technology and evaluate opportunities to provide better services to consumers and businesses prior to its commercial deployment from 2020. The live trials will help to establish the innovative uses of 5G services that will benefit both industry and society in the future – in areas such as factory automation, smart energy grids and remote surgery.

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