Wednesday, 02 December 2020

Telefonica to begin standalone 5G rollout from 2021

by Harry Baldock, Total Telecom
Monday 06 January 20

Total Telecom caught up with Telefonica's chief technology and information officer, Enrique Blanco, following his win in the CTO of the Year category at this year's World Communication Awards

5G Challenges    First of all, it's very important for us to explain what we mean when we say 5G. At Telefonica we have launched 5G across the UK and the rest of our European markets will follow soon, but initially we are launching it on a non-standalone basis. That means that we are deploying the 5G New Radio capabilities and we are evolving the core in order to provide the same kind of current services but enhanced with more capabilities. We have been doing a lot of work to improve our transport and backhaul network and currently all the designs are ready for the arrival of 5G and to manage the incremental capacities it will bring.   5G for us is about far more than the current non…

5G Challenges    First of all, it's very important for us to explain what we mean when we say 5G. At Telefonica we have launched 5G across the UK and the rest of our European markets will follow soon, but initially we are launching it on a non-standalone basis. That means that we are deploying the 5G New Radio capabilities and we are evolving the core in order to provide the same kind of current services but enhanced with more capabilities. We have been doing a lot of work to improve our transport and backhaul network and currently all the designs are ready for the arrival of 5G and to manage the incremental capacities it will bring.   5G for us is about far more than the current non…

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