January 4, 2018
Verizon Communications has selected Samsung Electronics to be a major supplier of network equipment as the telecom readies the first commercial launch of its 5G wireless service in Sacramento, California later this year. Verizon will first offer high-speed Internet over its wireless network in California before expanding to other U.S. markets. Verizon began its 5G trials in 11 U.S. markets last year. AT&T also just announced that it plans to roll out commercial 5G service in late 2018, while Sprint and T-Mobile are expected to introduce 5G technology in late 2019 or 2020.
Verizon “will use cellular antennas to beam high-speed Internet into consumers’ homes,” reports The Wall Street Journal. “Samsung will make network equipment for Verizon — including the small boxes that will sit inside each home, receiving the signal and translating it into Wi-Fi.”
Verizon recently announced that it also plans to be supplied with 5G network equipment from Ericsson AB for additional markets.
On average, consumers in the U.S. use about 5 gigabytes of mobile data per month, but this number is expected to significantly increase with the wider adoption of virtual reality, augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, smart homes and IoT devices and appliances.
According to Digital Trends, AT&T’s “new network will be based on the industry standard approved by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) just a few weeks ago, and it basically encompasses the use of low-frequency spectrum (600Hz and 700Hz), mid-frequency spectrum (3.5GHz), and high-frequency spectrum (50GHz). When used together, these different spectrums should help deliver a much faster experience.”
“5G will change the way we live, work and enjoy entertainment,” said Melissa Arnoldi, president of AT&T Technology and Operations. “With faster speeds and ultra-low latency, 5G will ultimately deliver and enhance experiences like virtual reality, future driverless cars, immersive 4K video and more.”
Gartner predicts there will be 20.4 billion connected devices online by 2020, driven largely by IoT and 5G technologies.