The transition to the second phase of commercial 5G – standalone 5G – is a step closer following the successful completion of a standalone 5G data connection by Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies. The successful test was compliant with global 3GPP 5G NR specifications.
The companies have already partnered to use commercial Ericsson Radio System base stations, Ericsson 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-RF System.
The companies say the test highlights their determination to support the second phase of 5G commercialization with standalone deployments that utilize a new 5G core network to provide more 5G capabilities. These include guaranteed quality of service and network slicing to support emerging business models in Industrial IoT (IIoT) and enterprise-grade cloud services.