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Verizon plans to pilot the gigabit-class wireless in 11 cities by the middle of 2017

Verizon disclosed plans to pilot test a brand new amazing-speedy wireless provider with clients in 11 towns starting in April. The subsequent generation, or 5G, service will provide net speeds at a gigabit in keeping with second or faster, similar to the fastest speeds offered by means of fiber optic wired offerings from Google, AT&T and others.

Verizon’s 5G rollout will be based on the company’s 5GTF specifications from last year and take place for pilot customers in Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville, Brockton, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle, and Washington, DC will all be live in the first half of this year, with launches coming courtesy of partnerships a mix of Verizon 5G Technology Forum partners, including Ericsson, Intel, Qualcomm, and Samsung.

In pre-commercial trials that began in December, Verizon and Samsung demo multi-GB per sec speeds at distances of up 1,500 feet. The preliminary client trials will use 28 GHz frequency airwaves for service to constant factors, like a home router, but Verizon additionally plans to test 5G mobile provider later this yr.

The system will supply fixed wireless access – which includes wireless broadband and over-the-pinnacle or voice-over-IP service – to clients via 5G connectivity on the way to gauge user experiences, evaluate the overall performance of 5G technology, and assist streamline the transport of millimeter wave 5G throughout diverse environments, Samsung said. The enterprise stated it will likely be presenting pre-industrial in-domestic 5G router devices to trial members. those devices will appearance just like a WiFi router or set top container and will get hold of the 5G sign which can then be related to the customers’ WiFi access factor via an Ethernet cable to offer broadband service to the home.

It is also worth noting that universal 5G specifications have not actually been agreed upon yet (although there’s an official logo, for what it is worth). The FCC began working to open up spectrum bands for 5G use last summer, and mobile companies both in the US and abroad are continuing to test 5G networks and chipsets.