5G is the future. And, as it turns out, it’s not as far into the future as originally thought.
Nokia’s CEO said as much during a recent quarterly conference call with analysts. And Verizon (News - Alert) executive Matt Ellis verbalized a similar message during his company’s second quarter update.
The Verizon executive vice president and chief executive officer commented that the carrier is confident it will be able to roll out 5G commercially next year.
Verizon’s early work related to 5G involves fixed wireless tests in 11 markets, notes Multichannel News. Those markets include Ann Arbor, Mich.; Atlanta; Bernardsville, N.J.; Brockton, Mass.; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Miami; Sacramento, Calif.; Seattle; and Washington, D.C.
A July 27 statement published by Verizon offers further details on Verizon’s 5G activities. “During second-quarter 2017, Verizon announced fiber purchase agreements with Corning (News - Alert) and Prysmian to extend the company's network lead and position the company to deliver new multiuse fiber services, including 5G, while complementing small-cell deployment,” Verizon said. “In June, Verizon and the city of Sacramento, Calif., announced a partnership to develop and deploy smart-city services. Verizon has begun previously announced pre-commercial 5G fixed-wireless broadband trials in eight of 11 cities.”
The carrier also has been doing a variety of things to promote 5G with customers and policymakers. For instance, Verizon earlier this summer brought its 5G Experience Bus to Capitol Hill, the Federal Communications Commission, and a high school in Washington, D.C., to demonstrate what’s possible with this upcoming technology.
“Policymakers and students alike were wowed by 5G’s super-fast speed, which is expected to be 100 times faster than 4G,” Verizon’s report on the visit said. “They were also impressed by its super low latency – the delay between the time data leaves a source to the time it arrives at its desired destination. Next generation wireless with its low latency will drive innovation in many industries, including agriculture, health care, construction and engineering.”
As noted earlier, Verizon isn’t the only one talking about an accelerated introduction of 5G commercial services. Nokia (News - Alert) has been too. In fact, Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri recently talked about how there will be significant 5G trials next year and “meaningful deployments” of 5G the following year in China, the U.S., and elsewhere. Suri said Nokia initially thought 5G would not take off until 2020 or 2021.