The biggest wireless carrier in the United States is teaming up with a couple of tech giants in order to conduct 5G trials during the upcoming Indianapolis 500, which happens this weekend. Indeed, Verizon Wireless, as well as Ericsson and Intel, are looking to demo pre-standardized 5G by way of a 5G powered connected home set up near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Sprint, as well as its parent company SoftBank and tech partner Qualcomm, have revealed that they are pooling their resources and expertise in order to develop 5G related technologies, including the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) New Radio (NR) standard in Band 41 (2.5 GigaHertz) for accelerated wide scale roll outs of 5G networks. The three brands have also announced their plans to start launching commercial 5G services and even mobile devices by the second half of 2019.
T-Mobile is looking to launch its full 5G offering across the United States by the end of this decade. Indeed, the third biggest wireless carrier in the country is planning to leverage the low band 600 MegaHertz airwaves it had recently acquired (for a sum of $8 billion) in order to bring its ambition of being the first major mobile operator in America to debut a commercially available 5G network to mobile users.
Just this week, AT&T has announced that it is commencing a trial run for new super fast LTE network, which offers about two fold the connection speeds of its current 4G offering. It is worth noting, however, that the trial run will only be conducted in 20 major metropolitan areas across the United States.
Just this week, AT&T recently debuted its new millimeter wave channel sounder. Dubbed as the Porcupine, the device is being positioned by the major US wireless carrier as the first ever of its kind. The channel sounder was actually developed with the assistance of National Instruments (NI), and is designed to capture how mobile transmissions are affected in a given location or environment.
Sure, Verizon Wireless has already claimed that it will beat everybody to the 5G race. But in the world of mobile, nothing is ever certain. Meanwhile, the second biggest mobile operator in America is busy boosting its efforts when it comes to testing its own 5G offering.
With the 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) standards making body deciding a week ago to speed up some aspects of its 5G New Radio (NR) schedule, AT&T now believes it will be able to start rolling out its standards based mobile 5G service by the later part of next year.
The number one mobile operator in the United States may prefer not to spill everything in regards to its 5G fixed wireless plans, but the company is dead set on debuting a commercial fixed broadband option by next year.
During the Global 5G Test Summit held in Barcelona in Spain this week, various mobile operators and tech vendors that include AT&T, China Mobile, NTT DOCOMO, Vodafone, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Keysight, MediaTek, Nokia, Qualcomm, Rohde & Schwarz, ZTE, and Datang all pledge their support for a worldwide 5G specification established by means of tests, trials, and cooperation between carriers, mobile manufacturers, and network builders.
Verizon Wireless has recently revealed that it is planning to begin its 5G pilot program in 11 specific markets across the United States within the first six months of the year. The 11 markets will include Ann Arbor in Michigan, Atlanta in Georgia, Bernardsville in New Jersey, Brockton in Massachusetts, Dallas in Texas, Denver in Colorado, Houston in Texas, Miami in Florida, Sacramento in California, Seattle in Washington, and Washington, DC.
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