Samsung, Cisco and Verizon announced what they say is the successful deployment of the first multi-vendor end-to-end 5G trial network in the field, which took place in the Detroit suburb of Ann Arbor.
Earlier this year, Verizon announced plans for customer trials of 5G technology for home broadband service (Fixed Wireless Access). Five U.S. cities are scheduled to begin trials in the second quarter of this year, with pilots in 11 markets expected by mid-year.
The companies say each location offers a unique set of test parameters, including vendors, geographies, population densities and demographics, and the Ann Arbor location is the first to tackle a multi-vendor deployment of 5G. The solution includes a 5G “virtualized packet core” as part of the Cisco Ultra Services Platform with Cisco Advanced Services and Samsung virtual RAN solutions, paired withSamsung’s 5G Radio base stations and 5G home routersthat will deliver broadband services to Verizon’s trial customers.
“We are making history on the path towards true Network Function Virtualization, demonstrating it for the first time in a 5G environment,” said Cisco SVP/GM Service Provider Business Yvette Kanouff. This trial also demonstrates that by selecting individual network infrastructure components from multiple vendors, service providers can deploy 5G networks specialized to their unique market needs.
Based on Verizon’s 5G Technical Forum specification, the three companies followed a series of network vendor interoperability tests that demonstrated interworking between core network, radio edge and user devices; They say the trial highlights the readiness of key 5G technologies, paving the way for deployment of commercial 5G networks.