Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies completed a trial of frequency-division duplex (FDD) massive MIMO on Verizon’s network in Irvine, California. The companies said this was the first successful FDD massive MIMO trial with a fully compatible customer device.
Verizon has selected Ericsson to provide the networking equipment for Verizon’s 28 GHz, pre-standard 5G fixed wireless access service, which will be deployed in several U.S. communities during the second half of 2018.
AT&T and Verizon have engaged Tillman Infrastructure to build hundreds of new cell towers. Tillman, which owns towers and building sites for small cells and “smart cities” infrastructure, will construct the towers and lease them to host base station equipment from AT&T and Verizon.
Eight months after committing to bring Fios FTTH to Boston, Verizon announced parts of Dorchester, Roslindale and West Roxbury can sign up for internet, TV and phone services, with data rates up to 500 Mbps up and down.
Verizon announced completion of its 5G radio specification - the first U.S. carrier to do so. The specification is the product of collaboration within Verizon's 5G Technology Forum, a group that is working to define parameters for 5G specifications in advance of future standards. With 5G, end users will enjoy wireless service that delivers several gigabits per second throughputs and single-millisecond latencies.