5G connectivity could soon be a reality – well, that’s Verizon’s hope anyway. The network, alongside other leading technology giants, has recently begun field tests to move towards making 5G technology a widespread reality for consumers. Ericsson, Intel, Nokia, Samsung, and Qualcomm comprise some of the companies who have teamed up with Verizon for the latest round of 5G testing.
According to Verizon, the idea behind the latest tests is to trial the characteristics of 5G technology in real-world environments – which Verizon hopes will move the technology one step closer to the smartphones that we carry in our pockets everyday.
In order to advance its 5G efforts, Verizon has comprised its 5G Technology Forum from some of the biggest names in telecommunication and technology. Apple, Cisco, Ericsson, Intel, LG, Nokia, Samsung, and Qualcomm are all on board with the collective effort to make 5G connectivity an everyday reality. Meanwhile, the forum also includes a group of high-profile venture capital groups, who Verizon hopes will provide the funding to ensure 5G makes it to our smartphones quicker.
In its most advanced testing of 5G technology yet, Verizon worked with partners to trial connections across a range of different scenarios. The company used standard wireless and 5G systems on the Verizon network to test the performance of the new connectivity in buildings that are both residential and used for commercial purposes.
However, the main purpose of the test was to measure how well 5G signals could be transferred between outdoor and indoor environments. Similarly, Verizon also wanted to gain an idea of the maximum latency 5G would be able to achieve, measuring the range of speed across varied distances. The company said that its 5G network was capable of delivering top video quality.
It’s undeniable that Verizon is putting itself to the front of the crowd when it comes to delivering 5G technology. The company says that it now sees 5G technology as the future of mobile communication, and it’s only a matter of time before it replaces the current standard used globally – 4G.
That said, Verizon and other technology giants will still need to put a good deal more testing into 5G before its ready to be used by consumers on the smartphones they carry in their pockets everyday. Verizon hopes to be able to implement the first segments of its 5G network in 2017, however, it’s likely to be a while before the technology is widespread.