The US carrier Verizon reveals 5G field tests at the Mobile World Congress 2016.
Verizon today unveiled its plans for 5G at the Mobile World Congress 2016. Verizon has field tests underway with Verizon and its 5G Technology Forum partners that are driving the 5G ecosystem.
Ericsson, Intel, Nokia, Samsung Electronics America, Inc., and Qualcomm have collaborated with Verizon to work on technical alignment and have made progress on field networks, testing the characteristics of 5G technology in real-world environments.
Verizon’s 5G Technology Forum partners consist of companies from all areas of the telecommunications and technology industry including Apple, Cisco, Ericsson, Intel, LG, Nokia, Samsung, and Qualcomm. The collective 5G Technology Forum is working collaboratively to drive technical standards for 5G technology. In addition to working with communications and technology leaders, Verizon’s 5G Technology Forum also includes a group of leading east and west-coast venture capital groups focused on a variety of emerging technologies.
“Verizon continues to accelerate innovation around 5G technology by working closely with our partners,” said Ed Chan, Senior Vice President, Technology Strategy & Planning. “We were the first to launch 4G nationwide. With 5G, we will again drive innovation across the technology landscape to bring new solutions to market for our customers. Our field technical trials are proving that 5G is here and ready to be commercialized, and we’ve constructed several test beds that represent real-world environments.”
Field testing with 5G technology partners covers a wide range of deployment scenarios. Fixed wireless and mobile 5G systems were connected to the Verizon network backbone and signals transferred between outdoor and indoor environments.
Testing was performed both in residential and commercial buildings. These tests mimic real world scenarios using millimeter wave bands, including bands in the FCC’s Notice for Proposed Rulemaking for 5G spectrum. The propagation characteristics of these bands were stressed across multiple fixed and mobile deployments, providing throughput in the multiple gigabits per second range. Latency was measured in the millisecond range across varied distances, delivering superb video quality.
In addition to the unique field trials being conducted with each of the partners, the following elements are being assessed across all sites:
- Antenna innovation with millimeter and centimeter wave spectrum using various deployment conditions
- Beamforming, beam tracking, massive MIMO (multiple input, multiple output), and wideband spectrum (200 MHz – 1 GHz swaths)
- Deployment flexibility and antenna form factors including size with mmWave antennas
The 5G technology being developed now is the foundation of our future connectivity, and the center of our digital world. Multiple gigabits per second speeds and single-millisecond latency will deliver the benefits of fiber to wireless. In addition, 5G will have the ability to handle exponentially more connected devices and accommodate the explosion of the Internet of Things.
“We plan to expand this testing significantly over the next several months. 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,” said Adam Koeppe, Vice President Network Technology Planning, who is leading the technical trial efforts. “We are also collaborating closely with our peer operators in the Asian markets as we are very much aligned towards implementing 5G technology in 2017.”
AT&T's 5G plans have been revealed last week.
The Mobile World Congress 2016 kicked off officially on Monday, Feb. 22 in Barcelona. Samsung, LG, Sony, Nokia and others hosted MWC 2016 media events to reveal new devices including the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5 and Huawei Matebook.
The GSMA organizes the MWC. The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organizations in adjacent industry sectors. In 2015, Mobile World Congress hosted more than 93,000 mobile professionals from 200 countries.
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