Verizon US to start 5G tests next year

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In the next few years, we’re going to hear a lot about 5G mobile networks. Granted, Thailand has only just recently got 4G, and barely available outside big cities, but in other parts of the world the mobile operators are already making plans to test and roll out the next generation of high speed mobile networks.

Verizon, the US-based mobile network, said this week that it plans to start testing 5G next year, with a limited commercial rollout in 2017. Verizon has not yet said when it expects a majority of customers connected to 5G, but this suggests it should be within the next five years or so. Verizon is still building its 4G network in the meantime however…

5G comes to Verizon in the USA

The definition of 5G is somewhat loose at the moment too. Verizon will have to answer the question of what 5G really is by the time it launches. But in a press release the company says that 5G offers 50 times the throughput of current 4G LTE networks, with millisecond latency and the ability to handle exponentially more Internet-connected devices. Those are the expectations of many, too. But Verizon hasn’t yet started to test the service, and so 5G may turn out to be quite different in the real world. In the basic sense, it will provide faster data speeds, which will be a boon for consumers looking to stream video…

Verizon’s initial 5G tests are planned to take place at its research labs in conjunction with Samsung, Nokia, Qualcomm, Cisco, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucnet. Eventually, new technology will be needed at the cell towers and our smartphones. When Verizon was working on 4G last time, the company says it took about two years to start the commercial rollout. That might make 2017 a little aggressive, but 2017 looks like it’s going to be the start of 5G (in the USA at least)…

SOURCE: The Verge.

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