Verizon: “Expect major 5G advances in 2017”

Expect major 5G advances in 2017 from the US mobile giant, including wireless home broadband

Verizon is rolling out fixed wireless broadband pilots in 11 cities in the US and is commercially piloting a range of schemes. The Verizon briefings could prove the best source of inside stories on the latest developments within the Verizon 5G Technology Forum.

Adam Koeppe, VP of Technology Planning for Verizon, has news on the advances into the three major realms of 5G that Verizon and its technology partners are pioneering, namely wireless home broadband, virtual and augmented reality and the Internet of Things. Since the Verizon 5G Technology Forum includes all the most influential chip set, device, and network equipment makers in the industry, including Apple, Cisco, Ericsson, Intel, LG, Nokia, Samsung and Qualcomm Technologies, Verizon’s lead could indicate where the industry is headed.

The 5G Journey is one of the key streams of the GSMA Network 2020 programme, and Verizon is a great example to other network operators, who will receive valuable hints on how they could be developing their next generation technologies and services. This year, Verizon will also be showcasing products and solutions that are disrupting the tech industry with a specific focus on platforms, content, and advertising built for carriers that will shape the future on a global scale.

Koeppe is sharing expertise on developments in the US, where it is creating hundreds of locations in multiple cities for broadcasting fixed wireless broadband to the home using the 28 GHz spectrum. Verizon will also reveal its experience of virtual reality and augmented reality and how it can improve  with high bandwidth and low latency that comes with 5G.

“Virtual and augmented reality is a great emerging use case for wireless technical evolution.  It’s an exciting field, and leveraging the capabilities of 5G networks can bring it to a higher level,” says Koeppe.

Throughout the show, Verizon experts will be available for questions on Verizon’s pioneering work in IoT, which includes a focused 4G LTE road map. Verizon launched the world’s first Cat-1 enabled LTE network in 2015, then drove standards for Cat-M, launching nationally early this year, and NB-IoT as a logical evolution of device and network capabilities to meet the vast needs of IoT.

Verizon has emerged as a standard bearer for the advance to 5G.  Adam will present his thoughts live at Network 2020’s Seminar 5G – Beyond Technology into Business Impact – on Monday 27th February 13:30-15:30.