Commercial 5G is looking more and more likely. Today, two countries – the U.S. and Japan – took momentous steps toward making these services a nation-wide reality soon.
Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband Network
While 5G services aren’t new to Verizon, its Ultra Wideband network is – for four major U.S. cities, anyway. Washington D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, and Indianapolis are the carrier’s newest additions to an exclusive list of locations currently enjoying its next-gen network connectivity.
As the nation’s most accessible 5G network according to the carrier, businesses and consumers can experience this technology’s highly anticipated ability to power the mobile application demands of the future. In fact, Verizon states network speeds across the Ultra Wideband range between 300 Megabits per second (Mbps) and almost one Gigabit per second (Gbps).
However, increased speed isn’t the network’s only benefit. More than 30 major U.S. cities will have Ultra Wideband deployments by the end of 2019, making them attractive locations for tech-driven business relocation and job creation. Additionally, Verizon’s 5G services are expected to deliver:
- Near Real-Time Mobile Experiences
A new set of mobile connectivity standards will bring with it the potential to drive innovation and increased business intelligence. Organizations will finally have the network support needed for mass adoption of new technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Extended Reality (ER) to enhance communication experiences.
- Higher data capacity and throughput
The small cell-fueled Ultra Wideband network establishes a foundation upon which mobile connectivity can be improved. 5G coverage will dramatically improve data transfer speeds in urban environments where devices currently compete for limited bandwidth.
After years of investment in millimeter-wave spectrum, Verizon’s 5G network features a massive amount of bandwidth – making it possible to move data at faster speeds than ever before.
NTT DoCoMo & Commercial 5G
The U.S. isn’t the only region experiencing widespread 5G adoption. NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s largest telecom services provider, is partnering with NEC Corporation and Fujitsu to install advanced network equipment to accelerate deployment efforts across the nation’s 5G base stations.
Combined, these organizations are working to supply small cell radio and central units to support 3.7GHz, 4.5GHz, and 28GHz band technologies in a way that maintains 5G’s open network architecture. By doing so, the carrier can implement different wireless technologies on the same hardware, deliver beamforming solutions that streamline network deployment tasks, and make commercial 5G a reality sooner.
As a result of this partnership, Japan can expect NTT DoCoMo’s pre-commercial 5G network launch by September – and a full-scale launch of commercial 5G services across the nation by mid-2020.
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