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Vodafone UK partners with Qualcomm, Ericsson for 5G lab test

February 08, 2019 / Juan Pedro Tomas

The trial includes a 5G smartphone form factor test device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem. Vodafone UK said it 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. Vodafone is using a smartphone form factor test device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem and antenna modules with integrated RF (radio frequency) transceiver, RF front-end and antenna elements. The latest test is 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, Vodafone said. “We made the UK’s first live 5G 3D holographic call between Manchester and Newbury five m...

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