Verizon To Start Testing 5G Technology In 2016; What You Need To Know

Verizon To Start Testing 5G Technology In 2016; What You Need To Know
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Verizon is all set to take the internet by storm by introducing 5G to the world. Even though the company has announced that it is working on the service, we will not be able to enjoy 5G anytime soon. For now, Verizon is busy building its LTE network while planning to make this cellular technology available to common people in the next few years.

In a press release, Roger Gurnani, Executive Vice President and Chief Information and Technology Architect for Verizon, said, “5G is no longer a dream of the distant future. We feel a tremendous sense of urgency to push forward on 5G and mobilize the ecosystem by collaborating with industry leaders and developers to usher in a new generation of innovation.”


5G today sounds nothing more than faster data speed, but experts believe that this technology is going to bring additional benefits. To know how 5G technology changes the world of internet, we will have to wait till Verizon starts testing the service.

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Verizon in its press release has also put forth its plan in 3 points. Here they are:

1. Verizon, Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung kicked-off the inaugural Verizon 5G Technology Forum last month, and have established working teams to ensure an aggressive pace of innovation.

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2. 5G network environments, or “sandboxes,” are being created in Verizon’s Waltham, Mass., and San Francisco Innovation Centers. Just like in the early days of the development of 4G LTE technology, collaborating in a shared environment will foster compelling applications faster.

3. Verizon and its partners are committed to beginning technology field trials in 2016.

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Right now, there are no devices that are compatible with 5G. The company will also need years to build networks. LTE networks that are used today are also in the development stage. It is not completely wrong to say that the industry is not ready for advanced LTE yet. The work starts from setting up an industry for 5G technology first, and then making it available to people.