Coventry University’s new ‘standalone’ 5G network is a UK first

Implementing the next phase of 5G technology takes the provider closer to its goal of a 5G campus

The UK’s first ‘standalone’ 5G network is now in place at Coventry University.

Unlike existing 5G, ‘standalone’ 5G does not rely on 4G infrastructure. This gives it greater capacity, reliability and speed.

The university’s cutting edge new network was made possible by a partnership with Vodafone, who teamed up with fellow telecomms heavyweights Ericsson, MediaTek, OPPO and Qualcomm to deliver the project in Coventry University’s Alison Gingell building.

Now, student nurses and allied health professionals working in the university’s school of health and life sciences will be able to access a trial of state-of-the-art virtual reality learning technologies thanks to 5G’s high data rates and low latency.

“Being the first university in the UK to have this next phase of 5G technology is the first step on our journey to creating a 5G campus,” said Professor John Latham CBE, Coventry University vice-chancellor, “and we will soon be able to reveal the exciting ways in which we will use this technology to maximise the potential of virtual reality teaching for our health and life sciences students.”

Vodafone has also installed Ericsson’s 5G Radio Dot System in the university’s Disruptive Media Learning Lab and National Transport Design Centre.

Vodafone UK’s chief technology officer, Scott Petty said: “5G today is all about capacity and increased speeds. It’s giving people the best mobile experience ever, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg of what 5G can do. With this new live network we’re demonstrating the future potential of 5G and how it will be so valuable to the UK economy.

“This new phase of 5G starts to deliver on the incredible capabilities of 5G that have had so much attention, but haven’t yet been brought to life. From here, we will really start to see 5G make a difference to the way organisations think about being connected, and what’s possible with connectivity.”

In 2019, Glasgow University partnered with Vodafone to become the UK’s first 5G university.

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