Chinese smartphone maker OPPO announced on Tuesday that it has successfully launched Europe’s first commercial 5G standalone (SA) network in collaboration with Vodafone, Qualcomm and Ericsson. The network will be accessible in coming weeks on the OPPO Find X3 Pro, the latest device in OPPO’s premium product series.
“OPPO is proud to be the only mobile device provider to participate in the commercialization of Europe’s first 5G standalone network, fulfilling our commitment as a company to bring cutting-edge technology to our customers. As a pioneer in 5G, OPPO will continue to work with industry leaders to increase access to 5G services and create more unique experiences for our users worldwide,” said Henry Duan, OPPO’s vice president and head of its smartphone business.
Standalone 5G refers to the more complete form of 5G network technology and is the architecture to which all such networks will eventually conform. The theoretical latency of 5G SA is as low as 1ms – this marks a vast improvement from that of current non-standalone (NSA) 5G, lingering at around 20ms.
Düsseldorf, Münster and Leipzig will be the first European cities to receive 5G SA coverage. Residents or visitors to these cities owning an OPPO Find X3 Pro will be able to enjoy the benefits of the network after receiving OPPO’s software updates.
OPPO is the first smartphone manufacturer to offer products equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 5G mobile platform on a commercial 5G SA network in Europe. Leveraging its expertise in the field, OPPO was heavily involved in the development and testing process with Qualcomm Technologies. Back in 2019, OPPO was the first company to launch a 5G NSA commercial smartphone in Europe with the OPPO Reno 5G.
Founded in 2004, OPPO now ranks first in China’s smartphone market, filling a void left by Huawei which no longer has access to key chip-making suppliers due to US sanctions. Apart from a wide range of smart devices spearheaded by the Find and Reno series, OPPO also provides the ColorOS operating system and various internet services like OPPO Cloud and OPPO+. The company operates in more than 40 countries and regions, with six research institutes and five R&D centers worldwide, as well as an International Design Center in London.