Verizon Wireless has recently revealed that it is planning to officially launch its first ever 5G residential broadband offering within the second half of next year. The plan is to debut its 5G service in Sacramento, the capital city of the state of California, before launching in up to four other markets in the United States.
According to the official press release from Verizon Wireless, the initial launch of its 5G residential broadband service should be able to serve an estimated 30 million households throughout the US. The past few months have seen the nation’s number one biggest mobile operator busy itself conducting trials for its upcoming 5G offering. It was back in February early this year when it first bared its plans to commence its 5G pilot program in no less than 11 markets across the country within the first six months of 2017. And then last May, the carrier had collaborated with Ericsson and Intel in testing its 5G mobility tech at the Indy 500.
John Stratton, the executive vice president and president of operations at Verizon Wireless, had made an appearance at the Deutsche Bank 25th Annual Media and Telecom Conference held a few months ago, and he hinted that in choosing the first few markets for the carrier’s initial 5G roll outs, they were looking for locations that would allow the Big Red to achieve dense deployments, and of course, the market in those areas have to be eager to try the new, faster service. Of course, the other factors include geography, topology, and even the availability of partners and suppliers.
As revealed earlier this week by Nicola Palmer, the chief network officer at Verizon Wireless, the mobile operator has been extensively conducting field trials with customers (although they are non-paying) in the 11 markets mentioned earlier in this post, and the company is making full use of 28 GigaHertz spectrum and 120+ nodes. More importantly, Palmer had stressed that the Big Red is on track to debut its 5G offering in a number of markets in America by next year.
As indicated in the press release, Verizon Wireless’ first application of 5G wireless technology will involve the use of radio signals, as opposed to copper or fiber cables. As 5G tech continues to grow and improve, customers of the Big Red will soon be able to experience a broadened range of wireless services that encompass mobile, broadband, and even the Internet of Things (IoT).
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