Verizon Fixed 5G Tests to Top 3Gbit/s?

Verizon's home-rolled fixed wireless 5G radio spec could deliver speeds of greater than 3 gigabits per second to some lucky customers in 11 US cities during tests in the first half of this year.

The "pre-commercial select customer" trials will see Verizon deploy millimeter wave customer premise equipment (CPE) -- essentially a home router with an antenna that connects to pole-mounted radios. A video posted by Verizon says that CPE tests have achieved download speeds of around 3.6Gbit/s.

Verizon will begin offering the fixed service to pilot customers during the first half of 2017 in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Atlanta; Bernardsville, N.J.; Brockton, Mass.; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Miami; Sacramento; Seattle; and Washington, D.C. It is not yet clear how big the test sites will be, but Verizon has previously said it wants to test a variety of suburban and urban environments.

Ericsson AB and Samsung Corp. are test partners, roughly splitting the 11 cities between them. The tests are all taking place on 28GHz spectrum.

For all the latest news on 5G, visit the 5G site here on Light Reading.

Of course, lab trials usually deliver higher download speeds than field trials with customers. But Verizon will be learning lessons that could see it deliver an ultra-fast fixed wireless service commercially in 2018 or 2019.

As I reported back in 2015, this has been Verizon's initial goal with 5G since it got involved with the technology. The idea being that Big Red might be able to leverage 5G to get rid of more of its costly old copper connections. That seems like a distinct possibility with the regulatory-lite atmosphere of the Trump administration. (See 5G: Verizon's New Home Invasion? and Trump & Tech: Round 1.)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

KBode 3/6/2017 | 3:14:30 PM
Re: Price... Yes. Even if it's more suburban and urban, every little bit of additional competition helps. I just doubt they'll want to be particularly disruptive on price, since that's not exactly  their forte. 
kq4ym 3/6/2017 | 3:08:02 PM
Re: Price... Seeing how it's a pole mounted system at those high radio frequencies it may not be suitable for rural areas as they are looking now at urban areas and even then it's still "not yet clear how big the test sites will be. But, interesting to watch nonetheless.
KBode 2/28/2017 | 2:58:56 PM
Price... Verizon has long insisted wireless will be a perfect replacement for those DSL lines they often refuse to upgrade. But I still can't help wondering just how much rural users will need to pay to connect to this new faster network. 
TV Monitor 2/27/2017 | 11:25:18 AM
Re: Samsung 5G Galaxy phone to arrive at MWC 2018 according to Verizon freehe

Samsung will loan several hundred prototype Galaxy 5G phones to VIPs and journalists during the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics to be held in Febuary of 2018. 

So do not wonder about the 5G Galaxy phone early next year, it is definitely coming.
freehe 2/26/2017 | 9:39:32 PM
Verizon 5G VR From the video, Verizon can probably skip using 5G for virtual reality. It still has not taken off as expected and I don't see it doing so anytime so.
freehe 2/26/2017 | 9:35:53 PM
Re: Samsung 5G Galaxy phone to arrive at MWC 2018 according to Verizon @TV Monitor, only time will time if his words are true.
freehe 2/26/2017 | 9:35:03 PM
Verizon Fixed 5G @Dan, great article on the latest with Verizon and 5G. Thanks for sharing.
freehe 2/26/2017 | 9:31:46 PM
Re: Samsung 5G Galaxy phone to arrive at MWC 2018 according to Verizon Honestly I think all these companies inflate their test results, revenue, profits and  benefits when promoting a new products or service to get more interest and sales.
TV Monitor 2/26/2017 | 2:42:42 PM
Samsung 5G Galaxy phone to arrive at MWC 2018 according to Verizon
TV Monitor 2/26/2017 | 2:27:03 PM
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