Tests to be performed on a 5G SA network built by Ericsson and secured by Samsung
Ericsson, Samsung and Vodafone Spain jointly opened a new Vodafone 5G lab this week. The Madrid facility aims to inspire 200 developers and software companies to develop low-latency adaptive mobile network technology use cases for businesses and consumers.
The Vodafone 5G Lab will be powered by a private 5G Core offering from Ericsson which operate independently of the existing mobile operator’s 4G network on site. In addition to guaranteeing the performance and security of intellectual property, it will host events, roadshows and workshops. Vodafone Spain and Ericsson had revealed their intention to try an autonomous 5G (SA) core in July.
Design solutions with intelligence
The whole point is to discover the challenges small businesses and start-ups face and to solve their business problems. With their permission, the best of these prototypes can then be shared online.
The Vodafone-Samsung-Ericsson will create a 5G ecosystem that could fuel new uses for artificial intelligence, machine learning, mobile computing and big data. The target sectors have been named as education, health, transport, energy, industry, smart cities, tourism, agriculture, security, defense, entertainment and the digital economy. “This is a very important step in our strategy to pioneer and benchmark the use of 5G networks and services in Spain,” said Marta de Pablos, 5G Marketing Director at Vodafone Spain.
“Samsung offers a unique mobility product ecosystem and differential security standard,” said Daniel Molero, Director of Mobility Sales at Samsung Electronics Iberia.
Vodafone reigns in Spain according to study
Vodafone was the first operator in Spain to launch a 5G commercial network in June 2019. Umlaut named Vodafone Spain best overall operator in the Umlaut Connect Mobile Benchmark Spain 2020. The operator claims that its 5G network is the fastest thanks to its contiguous 5G spectrum. . It’s available in 25 Spanish cities providing coverage to half the population in each of them, with download speeds of up to 1 Gbps and with latency of less than 10 milliseconds – under ideal conditions.