T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray says T-Mobile and Nokia will begin 5G trials this year5
Today, T-Mobile announced that it is teaming up with Nokia to conduct 5G field trials in the second half of the year. Using pre-selected spectrum in the 28GHz band, the carrier will test 5G components. Nokia is developing "a pre-standards 5G test network" to use for both lab and field trials.
While Verizon has said that "some level of commercial deployment" will begin as soon as 2017, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray says that 5G enabled smartphones for consumers won't be ready until the 2020+ time frame. By using 2020 as a target, Ray is questioning Verizon's earlier pronouncements. "I think folks have seen some of the earlier announcements, and you know, Verizon trying to move and saying they're going to be the first to 5G, well, it's kind of BS, to be honest," said the T-Mobile executive. T-Mobile's corporate parent is Deutsche Telekom, which Ray called the leading European player in 5G."
AT&T has also thrown its hat into the 5G space. The company said that promising to improve internet access to certain Americans as a condition for gaining approval to buy DirecTV, has given it an edge over other carriers in the race to be first with 5G.
source: Nokia via FierceWireless