Verizon Wireless has completed another commercial 5G trial, transmitting a mobile signal to a test van in Washington, DC in partnership with Finnish vendor Nokia. The trial utilised Verizon’s millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum and 5G network core, along with Nokia’s 5G radio equipment, and paves the way for the telco’s planned launch of residential fixed-wireless access (FWA) 5G services by the end of 2018, which will be followed by a mobile 5G solution in 2019.
Bill Stone, Verizon’s VP of Technology Development and Planning, commented: ‘The cadence and frequency of these significant milestone achievements from Verizon and Nokia show just how quickly we’re taking the promise of 5G technology from the lab to the field and to the marketplace where our customers will ultimately use this revolutionary technology. We said Verizon will be first to 5G, and our latest milestone moves us closer to fulfilling that promise.’
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, last month Verizon and Nokia announced their first successful transmission of a 3GPP New Radio (NR) 5G signal to a receiver situated in a moving vehicle. That trial took place in New Jersey and utilised the 28GHz band.