Ericsson wins comprehensive 5G contract from Verizon

December 13, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
In the race to commercial 5G, Verizon has picked Ericsson to provide networking equipment for their commercial 5G launch – with deployment of the pre-standard 5G commercial radio network and the 5G Core network in select markets set to take place in the second half of 2018.

Ericsson will provide the 5G Core network, 5G RAN, as well as transport and associated services.This first pre-standard deployment paves the way for accelerated 5G commercialization of 3GPP-standards based systems.

During the past year, Ericsson and Verizon have conducted fixed-wireless 5G trials using mmWave spectrum in multiple cities and residential neighborhoods 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.

These trials have also been instrumental in understanding 5G technologies and mmWave propagation used in the Verizon 5GTF and the coming 3GPP 5G NR standard. These 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.

Ed Chan, SVP Technology Strategy and Planning for Corporate Networking and Technology, Verizon says: "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 maximize the potential of 5G."

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See also: Europe's first 5G fixed wireless access trial runs in London


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