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Verizon awards 5G contract to Ericsson

US telecommunications giant Verizon has selected Swedish firm Ericsson to provide networking equipment for its commercial 5G launch.

A statement from Ericsson said Verizon would roll out the pre-standard 5G commercial radio network and the 5G Core network in select markets in the second half of 2018.

Ed Chan, senior vice-president, Technology Strategy and Planning for Corporate Networking and Technology, Verizon, said: “5G will change the way we work, interact, learn and play. Through our work with Ericsson, we are creating a clear roadmap and building a robust ecosystem that will enable us to maximise the potential of 5G.”

Fredrik Jejdling (below, right), executive vice-president and head of Business Area Networks, Ericsson, said: “Our pioneering work with 5G will make US consumers and businesses among the first in the world to benefit from the transformative services of the new technology.

"It further illustrates how our global 5G portfolio, designed to support 5G NR as standardised in 3GPP, enables first movers in the early commercialisation of 5G networks.”

ericcson jjedgling vertIn the past year, the two companies have conducted fixed-wireless 5G trials using mmWave spectrum in multiple cities and residential neighbourhoods with different geographies and housing densities.

This has been a critical step in Verizon’s plan to deploy a first-of-its-kind fixed wireless broadband network.

The trials have also helped to understand 5G technologies and mmWave propagation used in the Verizon 5GTF and the coming 3GPP 5G NR standard.

The new technologies are expected to be critical in meeting the increasing connectivity requirements for emerging, mobile and fixed wireless, consumer broadband experiences, such as streaming high-definition video, immersive virtual/augmented reality, and connected cloud computing.

Photo: courtesy Ericcson

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