Verizon to provide pre-commercial 5G service to customers in 11 markets by the middle of this year
Verizon says that it's 5G Technology Forum partners are working on commercializing chipsets, infrastructure and consumer devices that will meet the 5GTF specifications. Companies like Ericsson, Intel, Qualcomm and Samsung are making chipsets available that help 5G become a reality. As it did with 4G LTE and 3G, Verizon is looking to become the first of the four major U.S. carriers to offer the next generation of wireless communications on a nationwide basis, Big Red calls this its "network legacy."
All four of the major stateside wireless operators have been engaged in testing 5G, with most expecting to offer the new service by 2020. Verizon's timetable has been more ambitious than its rivals when it comes to launching 5G in the U.S.