As Verizon Eyes 5G Trials, Samsung Gets in Early to Lend Expertise
Verizon's move to start early 5G trials in 2016 is getting help from partners including Samsung, which also wants to be ready for 5G from the start.LAS VEGAS—As Verizon moves forward with its plans to do early field trials of nascent 5G wireless technology in the United States starting in 2016, it has assembled a pool of partners to help turn ideas for the next generation of wireless performance into reality. One of those partners, Samsung, is here this week at the CTIA Super Mobility 2015 conference, where eWEEK had a chance to talk with Samsung executives about how the company will work to move Verizon's trials forward. "We're going to be a part of this both from a network and a device perspective," Rick Svensson, networks division sales and marketing vice president at Samsung Electronics America, told eWEEK. "We see this as a collaborative effort." The Verizon 5G field trials initiative, which was reported by eWEEK earlier this week, comes even as most consumers and businesses are still embracing 4G LTE. Verizon is starting the trials with a range of partners—including networking technology vendors Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco Systems, Ericsson and Nokia Networks and chip makers Qualcomm and Samsung—to test 5G concepts and make recommendations for standards that will be created later to implement the new, faster technology. 5G is expected to offer as much as 50 times the throughput of current 4G LTE and latency that will drop into the single milliseconds. It's also expected to play a significant role in the rapidly growing Internet of things (IoT), as the number of connected devices creating traffic over the world's wireless networks continues to grow.
Verizon's 5G trials will be a learning experience for the partners, said Svensson, and will help the carrier determine the best ways to roll out a 5G network in the U.S. "They are going to try and see what works for them. Verizon was a leader in 4G LTE and wants to be a leader in 5G. It's very clear from their announcement."