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Ericsson to Deploy 5G-ready LTE Equipment For Vodafone Idea

'Ericsson Radio System' is an end-to-end modular and scalable radio access network consisting of hardware, software, and services

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Ericsson on Wednesday said it would deploy 5G-ready LTE equipment for Vodafone Idea’s network in eight circles across India.

Under the contract, which has been signed for a three-year period, Ericsson would supply radio access and transport equipment from its “5G-ready Ericsson Radio System portfolio, including ‘MINI-LINK’ 6000 microwave backhaul solution”, the company said in a statement.

“Ericsson today announced that it has been selected by Vodafone Idea Ltd to provide and deploy 5G-ready equipment across select markets in India,” it said.

The deployments would provide Vodafone Idea’s network with advanced LTE capabilities, high capacity, low latency microwave backhaul and enable rapid deployment 5G services in future, the company said.

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Ericsson rolls out export of 5G-ready telecom equipment. Flickr

According to the statement, Ericsson India has already begun radio access and microwave network consolidation and modernisation.

Consolidation of existing deployed base (2G and 3G) will be carried out to maximise spectrum on LTE, followed by ongoing optimisation of the network in order to enhance end-user experience, it said.

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‘Ericsson Radio System’ is an end-to-end modular and scalable radio access network consisting of hardware, software, and services.

MINI-LINK for microwave transmission is a “fully-integrated IP router portfolio, and fronthaul solutions – all managed by a common management system”. (IANS)

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Vodafone to Switch on 5G Network in UK: Report

Apart from the UK, 5G-enabled phones have come early mostly for technologically-developed as well as mature markets, including South Korea, the US, Australia and Japan

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Vodafone on Tuesday announced that its 5G network would go live in the UK for both common consumers as well as business customers on July 3, giving the UK its first official 5G launch date.

“Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London will be among the first cities in the world to receive 5G and Vodafone will price 5G the same as 4G,” Vodafone wrote in a blog-post.

“This is important. It means we can today announce the largest launch of 5G in the UK and be the first to announce 5G roaming. It means UK businesses can lead the world in adopting 5G to boost productivity and attract investment,” said Nick Jeffery, CEO, Vodafone UK.

A choice of 5G smartphones will be available online and in Vodafone stores and will go on sale next week. Xiaomi Mi MIX 3, Samsung S10, Huawei Mate 20X and Mate X are included in Vodafone’s 5G smartphone offerings in the UK.

Vodafone to switch on 5G network in UK on July 3.

Vodafone would also offer a 5G router for use at home and offices to give customers without a fixed line connection high-speed broadband access, the post added.

“The new price plans will be unveiled next week to coincide with the availability of the first handset. Handsets can initially be used over 4G, and will be able to use 5G when the network is switched on and all manufacturer software updates are completed,” the post noted.

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While UK gears up for its 5G availability, India is not even on the map for the technology’s large-scale rollout this year, or even beyond. Although India is targeting 2020 for 5G rollout, the country is yet to allocate 5G spectrum to operators even for trial.

Apart from the UK, 5G-enabled phones have come early mostly for technologically-developed as well as mature markets, including South Korea, the US, Australia and Japan. (IANS)