Vodafone claims world’s first 5G smartphone network connection

Vodafone claims to be the world’s first operator to connect 5G smartphones to its live 5G network. Vodafone is preparing to launch 5G in a number of European cities during the second half of 2019.Vodafone has successfully completed trials over a four-week period with three 5G smartphones that will be launched in 2019.

Vodafone was able to make a seamless 4K video call on its network during the trial, utilising 5G download speeds that will be up to 10 times faster than 4G is today.

Both the smartphones and Vodafone’s 5G network were fully compliant with the latest version of the industry standard for Non-Standalone 5G – 3GPP’s ‘Release 15’, which was only approved in December 2018.

Vodafone has already rolled out a 5G network in the city centre of Barcelona. During Mobile World Congress, which starts on 25 February, a car will drive around the city streets measuring and reporting the 1.5Gbps speeds that the network is already delivering.

Vodafone is ready to launch 5G in a number of European cities during the second half of 2019.

Vodafone has invested in single Radio Access Network technology across 98% of its European 4G footprint. That will make it much simpler for Vodafone to add 5G on top of its existing 4G network in future. Additionally, Vodafone has been participating in 5G spectrum auctions in its European operating markets. More than two-thirds of Vodafone’s single RAN sites within major European cities already have sufficient backhaul to support 5G network speeds.