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Vodafone and Ericsson to deploy 5G Core in the UK

Saf Malik
June 17, 2021

Agreement builds on builds on a “successful and longstanding relationship”.

Vodafone is teaming with Ericsson to deploy a new cloud-native dual-mode core for its 5G Standalone network in the UK.

The deployment of the core will enable 5G Standalone, 5G non-Standalone and 4G technology.

The agreement sets out a five-year technology roadmap and builds on a “successful and longstanding relationship”.

Vodafone first deployed 5G Standalone on Ericsson technology at the campus of Coventry University in July 2020 and the networks says this is a critical milestone for a rollout across the UK.

Vodafone UK chief network officer Andrea Dona said: “Ericsson has been one of our most trusted and successful partners for many years, and we are thrilled to be taking this critical step forward together. With this new core delivery, the foundations are being built for our 5G Standalone network, which will enable us to work with customers to deliver innovations that would not be possible otherwise.”

Ericsson UK and Ireland CEO Katherine Ainley added: “Our 5G industry leadership means Vodafone is positioned to deliver exceptional results for its customers.

“We have a deep understanding of Vodafone’s customer and market needs, and with our leading product portfolio, supply chain, field-service expertise and support organisation, we are able to deploy speedily at scale and bring exciting new services to the UK market. We are proud to be instrumental in making this happen with Vodafone.”

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