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Great news for Verizon Wireless customers — the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless network will soon begin rolling out super-fast 5G coverage as a “pre-commercial” offering in a number of key U.S. markets.
In the company’s official press release, Verizon noted that preliminary testing will include “hundreds of cell sites that cover thousands of customer locations” — and that it will be partnering with some of the biggest players in the mobile technology space, including Ericsson, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Intel, in an attempt to deliver the most powerful 5G platform.
“Ericsson’s partnership with Verizon in rolling out 5G customer trials is accelerating the global 5G ecosystem,” said Rima Qureshi, Ericsson’s Regional Head of Operations for North America. “These end-to-end solutions are a key step for preparing Verizon’s network for commercial deployment with different 5G scenarios and use cases.”
When the service begins rolling out as a ‘pilot testing’ program sometime during the middle-half of 2017, the following 11 markets will have first dibs on these blazingly-fast 5G speeds using a myriad of forthcoming, 5G-compatible devices.
5G Access Is Coming to the Following Cities
- Ann Arbor, Michigan.
- Atlanta, Georgia.
- Bernardsville, New Jersey.
- Brockton, Massachusetts.
- Dallas and Houston, Texas.
- Denver, Colorado.
- Miami, Florida.
- Sacramento, California.
- Seattle, Washington.
- Washington D.C.
“5G technology innovation is rapidly evolving,” says Verizon’s Vice President of Network Planning, Adam Koeppe. “Network density is increasing to meet the demands of customers, and following the FCC’s aggressive action on 5G spectrum, the time is right to deliver the next generation of broadband services with 5G.”
For those who have been following the rollout of 5G, you’ll likely know that AT&T was actually the first domestic carrier to announce and begin testing the coverage back in early 2016, further expanding on those preliminary tests during the second-half of the year once the dizzyingly-fast speeds of 10 Gbps had been achieved.
Of course, while we shouldn’t expect commercially available 5G coverage from any carrier — whether Red, Blue, Magenta, Yellow, or otherwise — to hit the mainstream anytime soon, the simple fact that carriers are beginning to test the next-generation of wireless tech, period, should at the least be welcomed. And all these tests, as you might imagine, will ultimately lead to a more pristine rollout when it’s time to starting lighting up those towers.
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