Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson said that it will provide US telco Verizon with networking equipment for their commercial 5G launch. Verizon will deploy the pre-standard 5G commercial radio network and the 5G Core network in select markets in second half of 2018.
Verizon has announced that Sacramento is one of those markets.
“Our pioneering work with 5G will make US consumers and businesses among the first in the world to benefit from the transformative services of the new technology. It further illustrates how our global 5G portfolio, designed to support 5G NR as standardized in 3GPP, enables first movers in the early commercialization of 5G networks,” Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Networks, Ericsson, said.
The companies are demonstrating continued industry leadership by accelerating the path to 5G. Verizon and Ericsson plan to work together to move the mobile ecosystem towards rapid commercialization of 5G.
During the past year, Ericsson and Verizon have conducted fixed-wireless 5G trials using mmWave spectrum in multiple cities and residential neighborhoods with different geographies and housing densities. This has been a critical step in Verizon’s plan to deploy a first-of-its-kind fixed wireless broadband network.
The mmWave bands are the spectrum bands above 24 GHz. There is abundant spectrum available at frequencies between 30 GHz and 300 GHz where the 5G technology is capable of delivering extreme data speeds and capacity. The ubiquitous WiFi protocol works up to 60 GHz.
Ed Chan, SVP Technology Strategy and Planning for Corporate Networking and Technology, Verizon said: “5G will change the way we work, interact, learn and play. Through our work with Ericsson, we are creating a clear roadmap and building a robust ecosystem that will enable us to maximize the potential of 5G.”
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