Verizon to Pilot 5G Service in 11 Markets

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Verizon says the company will deliver 5G “pre-commercial” broadband services to pilot customers in 11 markets this year. The carrier says its 5G network encompasses several hundred cell sites that cover several thousand customer locations.

Certain customers in 11 markets will be offered pilot 5G services in the first half of this year: Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville (NJ), Brockton (MA), Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle and Washington, D.C. AT&T has begun a business-customer trial of 5G in Austin, Texas, at Intel’s offices, and it plans a 5G DirecTV Now trial by midyear.

Samsung and Ericsson, as well as Intel and Qualcomm, are working with Verizon on 5G. Samsung VP Woojune Kim said, “The 5G systems we are deploying will soon provide wireless broadband service to homes, enabling customers to experience cost-competitive, gigabit speeds that were previously only deliverable via fiber.”

Of Ericsson’s partnership with Verizon, Ericsson’s head of the North American region, Rima Qureshi cited the end-to-end solutions, which are a “key step for preparing Verizon’s network for commercial deployment with different 5G scenarios and use cases.”

Verizon says its 5G Technology Forum partners delivered an open specification for 5G fixed wireless that can be implemented immediately. 5G chipsets are now becoming available from those partners. Telecom companies in Japan, Korea and Canada are collaborating 5G activities to accelerate the rollout, according to Verizon. “Network density is increasing to meet the demands of customers, and following the FCC’s aggressive action on 5G spectrum, the time is right to deliver the next generation of broadband services with 5G,” said Verizon VP Adam Koeppe.

February 23, 2017

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