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Qualcomm, Ericsson forge ahead on standalone 5G with successful data call

September 12, 2019 / Bevin Fletcher

As some operators gear up to shift to the standalone (SA) version of 5G next year, Qualcomm and Ericsson are flexing their readiness by achieving a successful data connection compliant with the 3GPP 5G New Radio standard in SA mode. The companies said the test used Ericsson’s commercial 5G Radio System base stations, standalone New Radio (NR) software and its 5G cloud core, along with a mobile smartphone form-factor test device using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System. Ericsson launched its standalone 5G NR software earlier this summer.