National carriers Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile shared some 5G related news this week, as they both inch closer to commercially debuting their respective 5G service offerings before the end of the decade.
Verizon Wireless has revealed that it will be making full use of commercial 5G Fixed Wireless Access network solutions developed by Samsung. The Big Red went on to announce that the first market will be in Sacramento, the capital city of the state of California. The biggest wireless service provider in the country is looking to roll out its 5G Fixed Wireless Access network solution to consumers during the later part of this year.
Samsung’s role is to supply Verizon Wireless with commercial 5G home routers, and 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) Units, which will consist of a compact radio base station paired with virtualized RAN components. The South Korean tech giant will also be providing the 5G radio frequency planning services. According to the company, it managed to produce the first ever commercial ASIC (application specific integrated circuit) based 5G modems and millimeter wave RFICs (radio frequency integrated circuits) by taking full advantage of own in-house tech and assets.
Verizon Wireless and Samsung have already started conducting 5G customer tests in seven cities across the United States last year (specifically in states such as California, Georgia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas, and Washington, DC), successfully establishing broadband service in line of sight (LOS), partial LOS, and non-LOS connections.
Not to be outdone, T-Mobile has recently announced that its partnership with Nokia and Intel has achieved a 28 GigaHertz outdoor commercial radio system on air in the busy downtown district of Bellevue City in Washington. By utilizing Nokia’s 5G AirScale solution and Intel’s 5G Mobile Trial Platform, the number three mobile operator in America was able to roll out its first inter-vendor 5G connection.
The 5G tests in Bellevue City should give T-Mobile and its tech partners a great opportunity to gain learnings in the process of integrating millimeter wave based 5G into existing networks, including widely used LTE connections. As stressed by the Uncarrier, it is looking to leverage multiple spectrum bands (low, mid, and high) in order to bring its 5G offering to life.
T-Mobile also took the time to reveal that it has managed to beat its original target of reaching 321 million people with LTE last year. According to the carrier, it now provides LTE coverage for 322 million users, with its 600 MegaHertz spectrum now active in 586 cities and towns across America. For this year, the company is planning to sell over a dozen new mobile devices compatible with the 600 MegaHertz spectrum.
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