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Verizon readying 5G field tests in 11 markets

Media | 02/22/2017 5:33 pm EST

Verizon Communications Inc. said Wednesday that it’s ready to test its 5G network, with services to 11 markets expected to start on a trial basis by the summer. In a press release, Verizon said it will pilot 5G to “customers during the first half of 2017” in metropolitan areas in Michigan, Georgia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas, Colorado, Florida, California, Washington and D.C. “Verizon's 5G build is the largest proving ground in the world and encompasses several hundred cell sites that cover several thousand customer locations,” the...

Verizon leading 5G tests

telecom | 02/22/2016 4:27 pm EST

Verizon Communications Inc. has partnered with other technology companies for 5G field testing, the U.S. carrier announced Monday. The testing with the so-called 5G Technology Forum partners — including Ericsson AB, Intel Corp., Nokia Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Qualcomm Inc. and Apple Inc. — “covers a wide range of deployment scenarios," Verizon said in a press release.  "We plan to expand this testing significantly over the next several months," Adam Koeppe, Verizon vice-president of network technology planning, said in a press release, adding the company is looking at implementing 5G technology in 2017. "With innovation occurring so rapidly, we want to quickly make some key technical decisions and move rapidly to pre-commercial form factors and testing later this year." The tests...