Verizon to begin pilot 5G in 11 U.S. cities by mid-year

The company announced Wednesday a plan to rollout the next-generation network to select customers in 11 cities across the U.S. Pilot customers in Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville, Brockton, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle, and Washington, DC will be allowed to participate in these trials. This implementation of 5G technology leverages the close collaboration with Verizon's 5G Technology Forum (5GTF) partners. For now, that's being debated among Verizon 5G Technology Forum (5GTF) partners including, Ericsson, Intel, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and Samsung.

"5G technology innovation is rapidly evolving", said Adam Koeppe, vice president, network planning at Verizon.

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Of course, networks like Verizon's 5G and AT&T's 5G Evolution aren't quite "real 5G" at this stage, especially since no formal standard has yet to be announced.

AT&T is also working on a 5G framework. It is hard to say how long this pilot will go on before it becomes commercially available, though its very possible that they could launch it to more consumers by the year's end. The company said in a statement: "Verizon's network legacy is rooted in being the first to deliver to customers next-generation wireless technology, coast to coast, before any other carrier".

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According to Adam Koeppe, Verizon's vice president of network planning, next-generation wireless technologies received a boost with the Federal Communication Commission's "aggressive action on 5G spectrum" a year ago.

The detail what people are most interested in hasn't been confirmed by Verizon yet.

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Along with Verizon, both AT&T and Google Fiber have also been experimenting with fixed wireless and 5G technologies to advance their networks.


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