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Ericsson to provide Vodafone UK's 5G core network

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Agreement in the UK follows partnership in Germany where Ericsson will deliver 4G and 5G packet core infra.

Here's yet another announcement in what has been a busy week for Vodafone UK. Ericsson is to deploy its cloud-native dual-mode core for its 5G Standalone network in the UK.

The deployment of a dual-mode or single packet core will support 5G Standalone, 5G non-Standalone and 4G technology, like the deployment in Germany.

This new five-year agreement builds on an established relationship, which includes packet core and signalling network functions, making Ericsson a "key end-to-end 5G network partner for Vodafone in the UK".

Vodafone UK first deployed 5G Standalone on Ericsson technology at the campus of Coventry University in July 2020.

Andrea Dona, Chief Network Officer, Vodafone UK, said, “With this new core delivery, the foundations are being built for our 5G Standalone network, which will enable us to work with customers to deliver innovations that would not be possible otherwise.”