Vodafone has announced that it is working with Qualcomm and Ericsson on some over the air tests using 5G technology in the UK.
The company is working with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem and using Ericsson radio equipment for the tests.
Starting this week, Vodafone has begun lab tests of a 5G smartphone ‘form factor’ test device with a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X50 5G modem using Ericsson radio equipment at the Vodafone Technology Centre in Newbury, Berkshire. This is a major step in ensuring customers get the best 5G experience possible from their phone and the Vodafone network.
The latest test forms part of Vodafone’s UK-wide trial of 5G in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Manchester. Earlier this week, Vodafone engineers in Salford, Greater Manchester, downloaded an hour and 45 minute-length movie over 5G in just 24 seconds. The same movie over fast 4G (using carrier aggregation) took one minute and 35 seconds to download.
You can find out more information about Vodafone’s 5G trials over at their website at the link below.