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Samsung and Verizon to Begin 5G Customer Trials

Tim Maytom

South Korean tech giant Samsung and US mobile network Verizon have completed the deployment of 5G systems in five US cities – ahead of 5G customer trials set to begin in April.

The trials – running in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas, Washington D.C., and eventually Michigan – will deliver fixed wireless access to customers in the areas, through 5G, ‘in order to gauge user experiences, evaluate performance of 5G technologies, and streamline the delivery of mmWave 5G’.

“We are excited to deliver the first end-to-end 5G connectivity in the United States with Verizon,” said Young-ky Kim, president and head of networks business at Samsung Electronics. “This represents a major leap forward in offering 5G fixed wireless access to consumers. The 5G challenges we will address, and the customer feedback we receive will help lay the foundation for future business models and customer applications.”

During the trials, Samsung will incorporate its 5G solution, window antenna and 5G radio and core solutions – while Verizon brings its fixed wireless network service, providing wireless internet and voice of IP (VoIP) calling, to the table.

Roger Gurnani, executive VP and chief information and technology architect at Verizon, added: “We are pleased about the progress made with partners like Samsung on advancing 5G technology commercially. Delivering 5G to these pilot customers is an important step in assessing the business model and customer experience for delivering wireless broadband via 5G."