Verizon Testing Super Fast 5G Service With Customers in 11 Cities

Posted by Zarathustra 5:30 PM (CST)

Wednesday February 22, 2017

Fortune is reporting today that Verizon plans to test 5G service with customers in 11 cities around the U.S. This is pretty cool, you might say, but why do we really need it? Carriers don't even seem to be making the most out of the speeds current 4G LTE technologies promise. Isn't 5G just a faster, lower latency next generation mobile network step?

The answer to that is both yes, and no. A story we covered last week linked to a presentation by Nokia President and CEO Rajeev Suri on the importance of 5G for the future of mobile technologies, and why the greater bandwidth and latency will change the possibilities of what we can accomplish with mobile networks. If you are a skeptic like me, watching the video below may go a long way to explaining the "why" of 5G.

Personally I am still more comfortable with the old philosophy, of making wired whatever can be made wired, and only using wireless technologies for temporary applications that absolutely need to be mobile, but at least now I understand what the hubbub is about.

Working with partners Samsung and Ericsson, Verizon said on Wednesday it will offer the free trials to selected customers in Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville, N.J., Brockton, Mass., Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. in the first half of the year. Verizon has built out several hundred cell sites with 5G transmitters capable of reaching several thousand customer homes and businesses.