Verizon announced today that it is preparing the first customer trials of its newly built 5G network (opens in new tab), testing the new generation of high-speed wireless data transfer in a series of different practical settings with the help of a handful of partner tech companies.
The 11 markets taking part in the test span across the continental United States, including Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
Out of the 11 locales, five cities are already in line to begin customer trials of the 5G network as soon as Q2 of this year, according to a press release from partner Samsung.
The race to 5G
Verizon is not alone in its testing endeavors, as the telecom giant has partnered up with the likes of Ericsson, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung, and more to provide technological assistance in testing the new network's effectiveness and user experience.
“We are pleased about the progress made with partners like Samsung on advancing 5G technology commercially,” said Roger Gurnani, Verizon's executive vice president and chief information and technology architect. “Delivering 5G to these pilot customers is an important step in assessing the business model and customer experience for delivering wireless broadband via 5G.”
Though the road to building a new 5G standard is being paved - Qualcomm having just announced its fastest-yet gigabit modem for mobile devices earlier this week - it's still estimated 5G connectivity still has about another year or two before it becomes the new normal for smartphones.