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Verizon plans 5G trial service in 11 cities this year

23 February 2017

Ann Arbor has been selected as one of 11 markets where Verizon will test its new 5G network, the company announced Wednesday.

Shares of Verizon were slightly higher Wednesday after the wireless carrier said it will start offering 5G pre-commercial services to pilot customers in 11 USA markets during H1. The press release issued by Verizon mentions gigabit home broadband multiple times, so it's clear that the company (and its technology partners) see home and office internet as the immediate application for 5G.

Verizon hasn't said how fast the 5G trial networks will be, but a Verizon video about tests of the technology showed speed readouts over 3Gbps.

Lab tests of pre-standard 5G wireless with multi-gigabit speeds are evolving into trial services that users can actually enjoy in the real world - though not necessarily while walking around with a smartphone.

Writing in a blog post last summer, Former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said that "5G connectivity will likely be more than an incremental evolutionary step forward in wireless technology".

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The SIM card slot is placed on top of the device, whereas the volume rocker and power button can be found o the right edge. The devices look similar as seen in the earlier leaked images with a big circular camera module and metal built body.

5G enable devices are now being manufactured according to the release along with chipsets and infrastructure products.

The operator is working with partners in its 5G Technology Forum (5GTF) set up in 2015.

The latter point is important to note, because a universal 5G standard does not exist yet. That's faster than the vast majority of people's home broadband network, and more than fast enough to do anything you could dream of on a cellphone.

The 5G trials involve innovative network systems, including the use of 28GHz millimeter wave spectrum and advanced beam-forming antenna technology.

Verizon plans 5G trial service in 11 cities this year