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Qualcomm, Ericsson, Swisscom and Oppo Achieve 5G Standalone Milestones with 5G Carrier Aggregation and 5G Voice

Using Commercial Ericsson 5G Infrastructure Deployed at Swisscom, Oppo Find X2 Pro Powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 5G Mobile Platform, and a Mobile Test Device Powered by Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform

Dec 17, 2020SAN DIEGO

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Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Ericsson, Swisscom and Oppo today announced a major step forward in the commercialization of 5G in Europe, demonstrating 5G New Radio Carrier Aggregation across FDD and TDD* bands along with 5G voice over a commercial 5G standalone network at Swisscom’s premises in Bern. The 5G carrier aggregation achievement was completed using Dynamic Spectrum Sharing technology on commercially available infrastructure and a mobile test device powered by the newly announced Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform. The 5G voice (Voice over NR, or VoNR) achievement was completed using Ericsson end-to-end 5G RAN, Core and IMS infrastructure and an Oppo Find X2 Pro handset powered by the Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile Platform with the Snapdragon X55 Modem-RF System.

This significant step forward was a first for Swisscom and underlines the progress towards commercially available 5G SA in Europe in which increased capacity and coverage deliver unparalleled 5G user-experience.

Enrico Salvatori, senior vice president and president, Qualcomm Europe/MEA, QUALCOMM Europe, Inc. said, “This is a significant milestone on what we call the 5G pathway and we congratulate Swisscom, Ericsson and Oppo on the achievements. 5G standalone is a major focus for carriers because of the huge benefits that it not only brings to consumers but also the new opportunities it presents to industries. These demonstrations show how close we are to bringing those benefits to people, and industries, across Europe.”

Arun Bansal, president, Europe and Latin America, Ericsson, says, “Together with Swisscom, we’ve launched the first commercial 5G network in Europe. Now it´s time to team up for another milestone. This 5G standalone achievement is an important step towards unleashing the full potential of 5G. Our reliable, secure and flexible 5G standalone architecture will enable Swisscom to develop and offer innovative use cases, driving digital transformation in Switzerland with our fantastic ecosystem of partners. We are very proud to be Swisscom’s mobile network partner, driving 5G evolution in Europe.”

Christoph Aeschlimann, chief technology and information officer, Swisscom says, “In our labs, we are showcasing that the technologies we invest in today will benefit our customers tomorrow. This was confirmed again recently with Swisscom topping the latest Umlaut Connect best network test in Switzerland for the fourth year in a row. The future of 5G services will be centered around 5G standalone networks, and by investing in 5G standalone, we are also investing in new opportunities for Switzerland, such as through network slicing and dedicated on-premises 5G deployments.”

Maggie Xue, president, OPPO Western Europe said, “It is great to see that we have taken another solid step in the commercialization of 5G standalone in Europe. We believe that in 2021, the development and application of 5G technology will enter the fast lane. OPPO will continue to work with Qualcomm Technologies, Ericsson, and Swisscom to explore the potential of 5G technology and bring a better 5G experience to European consumers.”

5G carrier aggregation extends the coverage of sub-6 GHz TDD bands, which leads to an increased capacity – vital for carriers wanting to meet the ever-increasing demands of data-hungry wireless services and applications. 5G voice allows carriers to offer substantially higher quality voice and video calling, giving users a significantly improved call experience.

5G SA networks will enhance end user experience with faster connection times and immediate access to wide 5G bands. 5G SA will also enable new opportunities and innovation thanks to low latency and end-to-end network slicing that can support a wide suite of consumer and enterprise use cases

* Time-Division Duplex and Frequency-Division Duplex

 

About Qualcomm
Qualcomm is the world’s leading wireless technology innovator and the driving force behind the development, launch, and expansion of 5G.  When we connected the phone to the internet, the mobile revolution was born.  Today, our foundational technologies enable the mobile ecosystem and are found in every 3G, 4G and 5G smartphone. We bring the benefits of mobile to new industries, including automotive, the internet of things, and computing, and are leading the way to a world where everything and everyone can communicate and interact seamlessly.

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About Ericsson
Ericsson enables communications service providers to capture the full value of connectivity. The company’s portfolio spans Networks, Digital Services, Managed Services, and Emerging Business. It is designed to help our customers go digital, increase efficiency and find new revenue streams. Ericsson’s innovation investments have delivered the benefits of mobility and mobile broadband to billions of people around the world. Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on Nasdaq New York. www.ericsson.com

About Swisscom
Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telecoms company and one of its leading IT companies, is headquartered in Ittigen, close to the capital city Berne. Outside Switzerland, Swisscom has a presence on the Italian market in the guise of Fastweb. In the first half of 2020, about 19,000 employees generated sales of CHF 5,443 million. It is 51% Confederation-owned and is one of Switzerland’s most sustainable and innovative companies.

About Oppo
OPPO is a leading global smart device brand. Since the launch of its first mobile phone - “Smiley Face” - in 2008, OPPO has been in relentless pursuit of the perfect synergy of aesthetic satisfaction and innovative technology. Today, OPPO provides a wide range of smart devices spearheaded by the Find and Reno series. Beyond devices, OPPO provides its users with the ColorOS operating system and internet services like OPPO Cloud and OPPO+. OPPO operates in more than 40 countries and regions, with 6 Research Institutes and 4 R&D Centers worldwide, as well as an International Design Center in London. More than 40,000 of OPPO's employees are dedicated to creating a better life for customers around the world.

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