Verizon will soon begin lab tests of elements that might go into 5G, the next generation of cellular technology, and plans to start field trials next year.
A 5G standard is not expected until 2020, but mobile operators in some countries, including Japan and South Korea, have already started trials of technologies that might go into it.
Verizon sees some of the same kinds of goodness coming from 5G as others do: 50 times the network throughput of 4G LTE, lower latency, and the capability to handle more devices, including the so-called “Internet of Things.” Very high “millimeter-wave” frequencies are expected to help make those breakthroughs possible.
The carrier is setting up indoor “sandbox” lab environments at its Innovation Centers in Waltham, Massachusetts, and San Francisco, where mobile vendors will work together on parts of what may become standard 5G technology. Ericsson, Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent, Qualcomm, Samsung and Cisco are already working with Verizon on 5G.
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SOURCE: PC World, Stephen Lawson