Verizon, partnering with Samsung, starts 5G trials

Verizon, partnering with Samsung, starts 5G trials
Verizon and Samsung have teamed up to begin testing 5G wireless technology. The tests are being conducted inside buildings, and inside a special truck marked "Samsung 5G" on the side. Last September, the nation's largest carrier said that it would start field testing 5G this year, and would have some level of commercial deployment up and running in 2017. 

To make sure that 5G testing has some common standards, Verizon is co-founding the 5G Open Trial Specification Alliance. Keep in mind that the actual standards for 5G will still have to be developed by the 3GPP. And the testing isn't as simple as whipping out a 5G phone and making/receiving phone calls.

Verizon and Samsung have special equipment they are employing to test the next-generation wireless network. Using Verizon’s FiOS wired network and Samsung’s 5G Hybrid Adaptive Array antenna radio technology, the pair was able to stream live 360 degree virtual reality content in 4K UHD. This consisted of 17 independent video feeds sent to Samsung Galaxy phones, with Samsung Gear VR.

As you might imagine, getting to 5G first in the U.S. is all about publicity and promotion. Verizon has the early lead, with AT&T expected to conduct its own 5G field trials later this year. The testing will reportedly take place in Austin, Texas.


While official standards for 5G have yet to be announced, we should see speed increase by 100-times over 4G speeds. In an often used example, a full-length feature movie will take a matter of seconds to be downloaded over 5G.



source:  Samsung, Verizon via CNET

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11 Comments

1. Rocket

Posts: 673; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

With 5g we will need unlimited data once again, my 5gb wont be enough I think.

4. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

you would be doing the same things as of today, but things would just load faster or download. So ya good luck getting unlimited data anytime soon, Even ISP's want to get away from unlimited

7. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

But of the devices and apps will download content in the background when detect high-speed internet, such as browsers auto-load page before you click and etc... and you need to disable all of these options once you have a new application, the other case which it's more valid i guess, is many times we start a video on facebook or youtube and after 5 or 10 sec we close it because either we don't like it or wrong search, imagine if the video is 1GB with 3g you would download maybe 10 mb max in the first 10 sec, with 4g you download almost 150mb with this 5g the whole 1gb will be downloaded within the first 6/7 seconds. so yeah we definitely will need unlimited plans.

2. carlemillward unregistered

Huawei has done a field test for 5G in October and reached speeds of 3.6 gigabits per second. Nokia seems to be focusing on 5G too.

3. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

If the speed will be 100 times more than the 4G then yes. We need UNLIMITED DATA PLAN

5. MSi_GS70 unregistered

no i want 7G or 10G samsung..

6. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

We dont even have 4g yet guys by definition.

8. villagerguyz

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

i can't enjoy lte yet as i don't have lte smartphone :/

9. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

Its hard to find qhat samsung isn't doing lol

10. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Interesting that VZW and TMO have claimed to be experimenting with "5G" when the ITU hasn't even defined what "5G" is supposed to be yet. Perhaps the ITU should ask that fines be given to carriers that fabricate new technology for sales pitches that doesn't even exist. John B.

11. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

Can't wait, my to mention if the other carriers don't do unlimited data they'll have top move the plans to terabytes not gigabytes

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