Verizon hands Ericsson contract for commercial launch of 5G

James Pearce
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US telco Verizon is set to roll-out a pre-standard, commercial 5G network in select US markets in H2 2018

Verizon has picked Ericsson as its vendor of choice for the commercial launch of 5G services, due in the second half of 2018.

The US operator will deploy the pre-standard 5G commercial radio network and the 5G core network in select markets next year, following trials with the Swedish vendor.

During the past year, the two companies have conducted a number of fixed-wireless 5G tests across multiple US cities using mmWave spectrum as part of Verizon’s ambitions to deploy a first-of-its-kind fixed wireless broadband network.

Ed Chan, SVP technology strategy and planning for corporate networking and technology, Verizon said: “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.”

Ericsson claims that 5G subscriptions will top one billion across the globe by 2023, with the United States leading the way.

It is already working with a number of other operators to conduct 5G trials, including Verizon rival AT&T, Swisscom, Telia, SoftBank, and Telecom Italia, to name but a few.

Fredrik Jejdling, executive vice president and head of business area networks, Ericsson, added: “Our pioneering work with 5G will make US consumers and businesses among the first in the world to benefit from the transformative services of the new technology. It further illustrates how our global 5G portfolio, designed to support 5G NR as standardized in 3GPP, enables first movers in the early commercialization of 5G networks.”