Verizon on track to launch nationwide 5G

Verizon has recently completed successful trials of Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) in Texas and Minnesota thereby demonstrating that they are on track to launch nationwide 5G in 2020.

“The most recent successful trials of our DSS technology demonstrate we are on track to launch 5G Nationwide in 2020,” said Adam Koeppe, Senior Vice President of Technology Planning, Verizon.

“DSS will allow us to run 5G technology on the same spectrum bands as LTE without inefficiently wasting spectrum resources. It will complement Verizon’s primary strategy of offering a keenly differentiated 5G Ultra Wideband service on mmWave spectrum which will remain our deployment priority,” added Koeppe.

Dynamic Spectrum Sharing is a technology that allows 5G service to run simultaneously with 4G LTE on multiple spectrum bands, including those historically reserved for 4G LTE services. When commercially deployed in the near future, this new technology will allow Verizon to use its full portfolio of current spectrum resources to serve both 4G and 5G customers, maximizing their experience on the Verizon network by making 5G nationwide available.

“The inherent characteristics of 5G technology will lead to a wide variety of use cases that include everything from massive numbers of IoT devices that do very little networking, to smartphones with infinite opportunities to use data, to more complex solutions such as AR/VR that will require massive computing capabilities on the edge of the network. Those solutions will each require different combinations of the capabilities 5G will offer. To “right-size” network resources for these various use cases, it will require great flexibility and adaptability in the network,” said Koeppe.

DSS is an important stepping stone in achieving the flexibility and adaptability needed to accomplish such an aspirational level of programmability in our advanced Intelligent Edge Network added Koeppe.

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