Smartphone and the Internet ofThingsVodafone has teamed up with Ericsson to develop new technologies designed to improve its 4G offerings, and also ease the way to 5G across the South of England.

Using a combination of ‘Massive MIMO’ and ‘Carrier Aggregation’ technology, Vodafone and Ericsson will use the technologies for both commercial and business 4G deployment as part of the trial.

Massive MIMO uses advanced antennas to improve radio signal and capacity while Carrier Aggregation takes advantage of different frequencies for a similar purpose to Massive MIMO. The pairing will also see both Vodafone and Ericsson focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) with the aim of enabling monitoring and use of IoT in real time.

Vodafone UK technology director Jorge Fernandes has commented on the partnership saying, "We are continually enhancing our network to optimise performance and give our customers the best possible experience. We will continue to expand our 4G network and develop greater capabilities for our customers."

Ericsson head of Europe and Latin America Arun Bansal added, "We are working with Vodafone UK to evolve its 4G network and test new 5G technologies. Together we will enable ubiquitous connectivity for their users that enable entirely new experiences, as well as monitoring and control of IoT in real time."