Vodafone has selected Ericsson to provide it with 5G radio technology to prepare for its the introduction in the south of England.
The companies will also be working on providing Massive MIMO and carrier aggregation technology to help Vodafone evolve its 4G network in the region.
According to Swedish company Ericsson, these technologies will help deliver improved capacity and end-user performance.
Massive MIMO technology makes use of advanced antenna arrays to improve the quality of radio signals and capacity, while carrier aggregation combines different cellular frequencies to increase capacity and user data rates.
The agreement covers technology trials, product validation and commercial deployment, as well as professional services.
Jorge Fernandes, technology director at Vodafone UK, said: “We are continually enhancing our network to optimise performance and give our customers the best possible experience. We will continue to expand our 4G network and develop greater capabilities for our customers.”
Arun Bansal, head of Europe and Latin America at Ericsson, added that the companies will enable “ubiquitous connectivity” for users that will enable entirely new experiences, as well as the monitoring and control of the Internet of Things (IoT) in real time.
Vodafone and Ericsson also signed a memorandum of understanding that will cover 4G evolution, 5G radio non-standalone and standalone; 5G site deployment scenarios; and NR simulations: 3.5 GHz and mmWave.
It also covers 5G use-cases – both business case study and proof of concept- as well as distributed cloud and network slicing proof of concept: end-to-end latency and cloud- optimised network applications.
The new development follows Vodafone choosing Ericsson as one of its partner companies around the world to prepare its networks to support Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) services for the IoT.