Verizon has 5G equipment deployed in 10 cities

Verizon has 5G equipment deployed in 10 cities
According to a report published today, Verizon Wireless has equipment in place for fixed 5G service in 10 U.S. cities. The nation's largest carrier did admit that this equipment might not meet the initial standards for 5G as determined by 3GPP. As a result, in order to meet these standards, Verizon might have to upgrade this equipment, which is supplied by Ericsson in three of the cities that are being covered.

To meet these standards, Verizon will merely need to push out a software or firmware update. If it does need to make some changes to the hardware deployed in these 10 cities, a Verizon spokesman said that it will require nothing more than "a light lift." The wireless operator is remaining mum on the names of the cities where this testing will take place.

While 3GPP has not issued a final list of standards for 5G, it has done enough work on them for equipment makers to start building the necessary equipment. Verizon has said that it would start offering 5G service for commercial users as soon as 2017. 3GPP develops global telecommunications standards which makes it easier for world-wide deployment of new wireless technology.

AT&T said this week that it would start streaming DirecTV Now over a fixed 5G signal, and T-Mobile recently teased a 2020 date for the beginning of its 5G service.

source: FierceWireless

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11 Comments

1. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Now everyone, it seems, is jockeying for position to stay relevant in the formation of the 3GPP standard for 5G wireless service... they're not even waiting for a solidified standard!

7. jlovrek

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 07, 2017

That's the way Verizon did 4G, they came out with the initial standard as for many others and Verizon's standard was adopted. They are hoping for the same with 5G.

8. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I thought that Verizon adopted LTE after the standard was already codified through the 3GPP... hence things like SIM cards being required for LTE service, and the like, which Verizon would never have picked on their own. And then there were the alternate "4G" technologies like WiMAX and HSPA+, WiMAX being a competing tech to LTE, and HSPA+ being an outgrowth of WCDMA/HSPA that was offered in lieu of LTE while AT&T and T-Mobile prepared for LTE trials. WiMAX and LTE were both developed before 2010 (WiMAX was even used in Europe and Asia for a time, and the tech appeared in the Nokia N810 WiMAX edition from 2008), but were not deployed in the US until Sprint (WiMAX) and MetroPCS (LTE) first deployed phones that used them in 2010.

2. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Maybe they should fully deploy true 4G before they even think of 5G. On any given network most people get on average 10-30Mbps, a far cry from the 400-600+Mbps our 4G phones are capable of.

3. domfonusr

Posts: 1085; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

... but they haven't planned on releasing the updated LTE technology for another two years yet, and then they will release 5G in 2020... Systematic timed releases + Planned obsolescence = your tech is only current for a few months, and then you have to buy a new whatever it was every other month just to keep up with the latest tech trend...

4. DaBigDogg

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Would be nice; but when you're on "safety mode" you're limited to 128kbps anyway...

5. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Your right on the money Naruto! I just want the 4g standard. It'll be 5-10 years before we need 1gbps. 4g was needed because 3g was awful on smart phones.

6. DGxumbreo7

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 27, 2016

on a phone maybe but desktop could punish 1gb

9. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Well it still comes down to how saturated a cell site is especially if in a large city such as NYC. In the outer boroughs I am pulling in 130mbps but once in Manhattan it slows down to 70mbps.

10. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

That's what they said about 4G when 3G hadn't yet been rolled out everywhere.

11. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Luckily less municipalities are flipping their s**t when it comes to installing more antenna arrays and stations and less people are coming out claiming wireless induced sickness.

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