Verizon is the first U.S. carrier to publish its 5G radio specs

Verizon is the first U.S. carrier to publish its 5G radio specs
Verizon has said that it plans to be the first carrier in the U.S. to offer 5G service. After all, it did start the 4G LTE ball rolling in the states. Today, Big Red says that it has completed its 5G radio specs; these specs will be used by manufacturers of smartphones, suppliers of parts used to build out the 5G network, and others helping Verizon roll out and maintain 5G service. Data speeds for 5G are supposed to be approximately 100 times those of 4G LTE.

In February, Verizon partnered with Samsung on a 5G trial. And now that it has published its 5G specs, we could see the other major U.S. carriers look to catch up with Verizon. AT&T and T-Mobile are both working with Nokia on their 5G tests. Having learned from the experience of building its 4G LTE pipeline, Adam Koeppe, Verizon's vice president of network technology planning, says that collaboration among tech companies exceeds what was seen during the building of Verizon's 4G LTE network.


Companies working with Verizon on the 5G radio specs included Cisco, Ericsson, Intel, LG, Nokia, Qualcomm, and Samsung. Those specifications are based on Verizon's current trials, which means that they can be revised as we get closer to the actual launch of service. Most analysts expect that to take place in 2020.

source: PCMag

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17 Comments

1. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

"After all, it did start the 4G LTE ball rolling in the states." Actually it was MetroPCS that got their 4G LTE network up and running, months before Verizon.

3. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

It did. MetroPCS has such a small fraction of users and a very limited network. Once Verizon launched that's when it mattered, because a much much larger populous was affected. I don't get people's obsession with whom did what first. Whomever does it the best is really the only relevant topic. 4G was just a matter of time. Same with 5G.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

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Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

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Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

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14. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Nice, thanks for sharing!

7. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

Actually it was Sprint with the first 4G network in the US using WiMax network...pretty sure it took VZW a good 6 months or so to roll out LTE after Sprints WiMax

8. LiveFaith

Posts: 453; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

You are correct about Sprint being the 4G pioneer. But, I don't think you paid enough attention to exactly what the writer said. VZW was the first 4G *LTE* pioneer. Of course LTE became the standard that Sprint had to shut down WiMAx for in order to retool and make the switch to. The article is perfectly accurate.

16. Brewski

Posts: 671; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

^^This^^ WiMax is not 4G. It was a joke, couldn't hold a candle to 4G LTE. It was a slightly faster 3G so Sprint could claim being "FIRST!!".

2. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

Would phones also have to support 5G or can any phone modern phone utilize this? I'm not too knowledgeable about this topic.

5. Subie

Posts: 2350; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

The modem in the phone has to be capable as well.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

need new phone with new 5G band support

9. LiveFaith

Posts: 453; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

100 times faster! Would that be 300mbits/sec or something faster?

15. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Technically, that are a mere percentage of what 4G is capable; practically, that are 4G speeds (I get around 200 with my isp).

10. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I will be the first one to publish Verizon's 5G pricing: $1/kb with a discounted $0.99 per kb after 100kb of usage in given monthly cycle.

11. gigi3

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

Make their own specification. So, you would change and change ... and change till specification meets your actual capabilities. Such a great idea. You should have done it before. Because, you still haven't matched true 4G specs : 1Gbit/s for stationary and 100mbit/s for moving devices. Ha,Ha...

17. Brewski

Posts: 671; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

So Verizon published the 5G specs but then PA failed to tell us what they are...? SMH.

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