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Verizon Partners with Cisco to Set Roadmap to 5G Technology in U.S.; Field Trials to Start in 2016

September 8, 2015 - 4 Comments

The march toward a wireless world took another big step this week.

Cisco is partnering with Verizon in its aggressive roadmap for fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless technology.

By working closely with Cisco and other technology leaders, Verizon aims to launch 5G field technology trials next year. Last month, the companies kicked-off the first-ever Verizon 5G Technology Forum, co-hosted by Cisco, and have established working teams to ensure an aggressive pace of innovation.

new-verizon-logoBy nearly all accounts, 5G technology should be introduced in the U.S. sometime after 2020, but Verizon is accelerating the expected rate of innovation, and Cisco is very pleased to help drive this new wave of development.

According to the latest annual update of the Cisco® Visual Networking Index™ (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2014 to 2019, issued in February, Global mobile data traffic will increase nearly tenfold between 2014 and 2019, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 57 percent during the period, reaching 24.3 exabytes per month by 2019.

Robust wireless networks will be critical in facilitating this growth, which is being driven by the ongoing adoption of more powerful mobile devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) connections. We believe 5G will be instrumental in helping the industry develop a new economic model for offering new services for the next wave of digitization that is just around the corner.

photo-550x412New 5G network environments, or “sandboxes,” are being created in Verizon’s Waltham, Mass., and San Francisco Innovation Centers. Just like in the early days of the development of 4G LTE technology, collaborating in a shared environment will foster compelling applications faster.  (Pictured right is the Connected Athlete demonstration, which was featured in Verizon Innovation Center West when it re-opened in San Francisco in late 2013.)

“5G is no longer a dream of the distant future,” said Roger Gurnani, executive vice president and chief information and technology architect for Verizon. “We feel a tremendous sense of urgency to push forward on 5G and mobilize the ecosystem by collaborating with industry leaders and developers to usher in a new generation of innovation.”

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  1. This is incredibly exciting to see Cisco and the Service Providers working to co-develop. This will certainly accelerate the market and position Cisco as a leader. My one question is what is the definition of 5G? Is it about capacity/bandwidth? Is it about network intelligence? All of the above?

    • Hi Scott, I clicked on the one of the links in the blog and found the following information:
      The expected benefits of 5G, as described during Verizon’s inaugural forum, include about 50 times the throughput of current 4G LTE, latency in the single milliseconds, and the ability to handle exponentially more Internet-connected devices to accommodate the expected explosion of the Internet of Everything.

      “When you’re planning a technological evolution at this scale it must be a collaboration of players in the ecosystem,” said Marcus Weldon, chief technology officer of Alcatel-Lucent and president of Bell Labs. “Having Verizon initiate this effort now, even as 4G LTE technology has so much headroom left, will no doubt add to the rich fabric of our digital lives for many years to come.”

    • Adding to Rica’s response, 5G development will be about capacity/bandwidth, as well as network intelligence?

      By all accounts, the overall industry is still working toward gaining consensus on definitions and standards related to 5G. Kelly’s blog and Verizon’s announcement states that 5G technology should be introduced in the U.S. sometime after 2020, but Verizon is accelerating the expected rate of innovation — and Cisco is very pleased to help drive this new wave of development.

      Other parts of the world are working to accelerate and drive 5G standards. South Korea is targeting its upcoming Olympic Games in 2018 to launch 5G trial networks, and China has launched initiatives, as well.

      Europe has also initiated a 5G Public Private Partnership (PPP) to garner investment and innovation. In Latin America, South Asia, and also Africa, the race to 5G is also afoot.

  2. Awesome