Verizon to Start 5G Field Trials Next Year
Verizon holds the title for being the first wireless carrier in the U.S. to deploy the 4G LTE technology. Now, the company is planning to be the first to build a 5G network as well.
The 5G technology was expected to arrive the U.S. after 2020, but Verizon said on Monday that it is all set to start field trials as early as next year.
“5G is no longer a dream of the distant future,” said Roger Gurnani, executive vice president and chief information and technology architect for Verizon.
“We feel a tremendous sense of urgency to push forward on 5G and mobilize the ecosystem by collaborating with industry leaders and developers to usher in a new generation of innovation.”
To ensure a rapid pace for 5G research, the wireless operator recently launched Verizon 5G Technology Forum, which has Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung on board as its hardware and networking equipment partners.
The 5G networks are expected to offer a 50-fold increase in data capability over current networks. The company is setting up the first 5G network “sandboxes” in its Massachusetts and San Francisco Innovation Centers.
Even though if Verizon is now focused on deploying 5G as soon as possible, the company says it will continue to improve its 4G network and launch new products on it.