Vodafone Germany teamed with Ericsson, Qualcomm and also Oppo to commercialise its 5G standalone network in Europe, in what was claimed as a first for the area, covering a number of cities.
In a declaration, the companies said the milestone marked a turning point in the growth of the technology in Europe. Vodafone have upgraded 1,000 websites to Standalone 5G, covering 170 cities and municipalities on 3.5 GHz spectrum.
The companies described Standalone 5G is a more “complete form” of the next generation modern technology.
Ericsson provided its cloud-native 5G core infra, with the network evaluated on the Oppo Find X3 Pro smartphones working on the top of the Snapdragon 888 5G mobile system.
Vodafone Germany CTO Gerhard Mack described the initial sites has offered latency of between 10 nanoseconds and 15 nanoseconds, “as fast as the human nervous system”.
He said that “These ultra-low latency times are now arriving step-by-step to consumers across Germany as we put more and more 5G facilities into operation”
The quartet of firms have been actively working to test SA 5G in various sites across 3 German cities from November 2020.
Vodafone Germany’s commercialisation of the innovation comes as a welcome boost for Europe, with major United States operators Verizon, AT&T and also T-Mobile making all majot move to provide SA 5G services in 2020.
It additionally got the jump on rival Deutsche Telekom, which stated it would test SA 5G in a town outside Munich in February 2021.