At MWC 2016, Verizon, and a slew of others, revealed that the fifth generation of mobile networks is in testing.
"This week, the Networks division of Samsung Electronics America, Inc. concluded a series of successful mobile, fixed wireless and in-building penetration 5G wireless tests delivering multi-gigabit per second (Gbps) speeds at Verizon Headquarters," said Samsung in a press release on the tests. "Using Verizon's FiOS wired network and Samsung's 5G Hybrid Adaptive Array antenna radio technology, Samsung delivered 5G wireless speeds over mmWave band spectrum in several real-world use cases." These tests were conducted at Verizon's Basking Ridge, New Jersey headquarters. "Samsung is pleased to take a leadership role along with Verizon in advancing 5G standards and development," said Youngky Kim, President and Head of the Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. "Our successful trials in real world scenarios reflects our history of innovation in mobile devices and networks, the strength of our development teams, and our commitment to helping commercial network operators lay a 5G foundation to create the next generation of exciting technologies and services."
Verizon released its own statement on the tests, noting more partners than just Samsung. "Verizon's 5G Technology Forum partners consist of companies from all areas of the telecommunications and technology industry including Apple, Cisco, Ericsson, Intel, LG, Nokia, Samsung, and Qualcomm," said Verizon. "Verizon is committed to being the network leader and is driving 5G innovation. The 5G technology being developed now is the foundation of our future connectivity, and the center of our digital world." Adam Koeppe, Verizon's Vice President Network Technology Planning, who is leading the technical trial efforts, added, "We plan to expand this testing significantly over the next several months. With innovation occurring so rapidly, we want to quickly make some key technical decisions and move rapidly to pre-commercial form factors and testing later this year… we are very much aligned towards implementing 5G technology in 2017."
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