US mobile giant Verizon Wireless has unveiled what it describes as ‘an aggressive roadmap for 5G wireless technology’. Alongside international vendors Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung, Verizon kicked off its inaugural Verizon 5G Technology Forum last month, and has established working teams to ensure an aggressive pace of innovation. In addition, 5G network environments – known as ‘sandboxes’ – are being created in Verizon’s Waltham (Massachusetts) and San Francisco Innovation Centres. Verizon and its partners are committed to beginning technology field trials in 2016, with a view to staging a commercial launch in 2020.
Roger Gurnani, executive vice president and chief information and technology architect for Verizon, commented: ‘5G is no longer a dream of the distant future. We feel a tremendous sense of urgency to push forward on 5G and mobilise the ecosystem by collaborating with industry leaders and developers to usher in a new generation of innovation’.