Equipment manufacturer Ericsson and leading mobility chip maker Qualcomm Technologies have successfully completed a standalone 5G data connection.
Standalone 5G is heralded as the next step in providing greater 5G coverage to cities and neighborhoods as nearly all the deployments of 5G have currently been non-standalone. Non-standalone 5G connections piggyback on 4G base stations, allowing telecoms to run both 4G and 5G at the same time using the same equipment.
The test of the standalone 5G equipment used Ericsson’s standalone new radio (NR) software and Ericsson’s 5G Cloud Core solution with a mobile smartphone form-factor test device powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 5G modem and RF system.
As the second phase of 5G, standalone deployments use a new 5G core network to provide more 5G capabilities. These capabilities include guaranteed quality of service and network slicing to support emerging business models for the industrial internet of things (IIoT) and enterprise-grade cloud services.
Qualcomm said 5G is already exceeding expectations in terms of speed and scale using non-standalone architecture. The company will now work to drive a smooth transition to standalone technologies starting in 2020.
“This demonstrates that 5G network technologies continue to mature and that we are strengthening the 5G ecosystem,” said Per Narvinger, head of product area networks at Ericsson. “Service providers are already able to deliver the benefits of 5G technology, and now we are taking further steps to release the full potential of 5G, serving users and industries alike.”