Verizon 5G Unveiled At MWC; Commercial Roll Out In 2017

Verizon 5G Unveiled At MWC; Commercial Roll Out In 2017
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Verizon Communications plan to transform the world into a 5G wireless-enabled environment. In this endeavor, the American communications company revealed its plan for Verizon 5G at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. With this, the company declared its goal of launching the fifth generation wireless service by 2017.


Verizon is not alone in this endeavor. The company collaborated with big players Nokia, Ericsson, Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung and Intel to form a group called 5G Technology Forum. Right now, the companies are focused upon test blasting fast speeds of 5G technology to make it available to consumers.

The purpose of 5G network testing project is to understand the characteristics of the technology in real environments around Verizon’s headquarters in New York. Not just outside, but the idea is to test how the wireless network works within closed spaces like within residential and commercial buildings and moving vehicles. NBC reports that 5G network is better than fourth generation LTE network since it helps to bridge the gap between your smartphone and landline internet access and ensure instant connection on your device.

According to Senior Vice President of Technology Strategy & Planning, Ed Chan, the Verizon 5G network is undergoing testing procedures and once it is ready, it will be commercialized to users. He further pointed it out by saying, “Verizon continues to accelerate innovation around 5G technology by working closely with our partners. We were the first to launch 4G nationwide. With 5G, we will, again, drive innovation across the technology landscape to bring new solutions to market for our consumers.”

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In this context, Adam Koeppe, the Vice President of Network Technology Planning, feels that innovation is happening rapidly, and so there should be efforts to make 5G network service a reality. And for that, testing and experimentation for the network will happen soon, reports i4u.

Verizon Communications CEO McAdam said that 5G will roll out to San Francisco, Boston and New York in 2016. However, the commercial roll out of the network will not occur before 2017. The cost of project is more than £70 million, reports IBTimes.