Today, Verizon announced that it will be rolling out limited tests of its 5G network in 11 cities around the US.
The company said it will offer 5G "pre-commercial" services to select customers in 11 markets throughout the country, based on "several hundred cell sites that cover several thousand customer locations".
Verizon has said its newly built network has been tested at the prototype level and is now ready for widespread testing in various real-world metropolitan and suburban environments. Verizon said the 5GTF delivered an open specification for 5G fixed wireless that is "immediately implementable".
After AT&T announced its 5G Evolution network, we knew it was only a matter of time before its wireless rivals chimed in with their own plans.
Verizon's announcement follows similar steps by competitors. "The 5G challenges we will address and the customer feedback we receive will help lay the foundation for future business models and customer applications", said Young-ky Kim, head of networks business for Samsung Electronics.
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5G enable devices are now being manufactured according to the release along with chipsets and infrastructure products. T-Mobile has also promised to activate 5G technologies this year.
AT&T is also moving closer to testing 5G technology on a wide scale. The tests will involve select customers in those cities, and best of all, it's happening this year.
Verizon is just one of several carriers pushing forward with 4G LTE networks.
The FCC in July adopted new rules for wireless spectrum above 24 GHz - in the millimeter-wave band - that it said were aimed at enabling "rapid development and deployment of next-generation 5G technologies and services".