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Verizon to launch first 5G pilot services by mid

Verizon said Wednesday it will launch pre-commercial 5G service in 11 markets around the U.S.by the middle of this year, joining rival AT&T in aggressively deploying the future technology.

Among the cities set to test the 5G network are Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

"We are excited to deliver the first end-to-end 5G connectivity in the United States with Verizon", stated Youngky Kim, President and Head of the Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. T-Mobile has also promised to activate 5G technologies this year.

The companies that Verizon is working with on this trial are members of Verizon's 5G Technology Forum (5GTF).

Based on the specification developed by the 5GTF, Verizon said, forum partners are "well on their way to commercializing chipsets, infrastructure products and consumer devices" for the next generation of wireless broadband.

Verizon's announcement comes shortly after AT&T described its plans for "5G evolution" testing in Austin and Indianapolis. Select customers should expect to be able to test the network in the first half of 2017.

"Ericsson's partnership with Verizon in rolling out 5G customer trials is accelerating the global 5G ecosystem", said Rima Qureshi, head of region North America at Ericsson, said in a statement.

5G is expected to provide carriers with significantly improved broadband service, akin to cable connections, helping relieve network connections and meet the ever-increasing demand of customers for data.

The detail what people are most interested in hasn't been confirmed by Verizon yet.

"5G technology innovation is rapidly evolving", said Adam Koeppe, Vice President of Network Planning for Verizon.



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