Verizon teams with partners to accelerate 5G advances

Wed, 2015-09-09 06:00 -- SCC Staff

A new speedy, wireless backbone for the Internet of Things (IoT) is just around the corner, and Council Lead Partner Verizon says it’s committed to working with technology leaders to bring it to cities as fast as possible.

The new 5G wireless technology isn’t expected to be introduced to the U.S. for another five years, but Verizon is already making plans and working with partners to deliver more impressive innovations. Verizon says it will begin 5G field trials next year and is building two innovation centers where it will work with partners to accelerate results.

The technology is capable of delivering about 50 times the throughput of today’s 4G LTE networks, significantly reduces latency and can accommodate exceptionally more connections. The latter is especially key as we move to a world where virtually any device will be connected to the Internet.

Accelerating the pace of innovation
Verizon’s announcement comes just one month after its inaugural 5G technology forum last month. More than a half dozen technology leaders came together to talk about how they could bring innovations to market faster.

The other parties include Council Lead Partners Cisco and Qualcomm. Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung are also involved. Verizon says together the partners represent more than $50 billion in annual research, development and technology investments and thousands of patents.

Technology to power the IoT
By some estimates, there could be 50 billion connected devices, including everything from thermostats to traffic lights. While some will certainly use Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet, many more, like vehicles, need high-capacity connections that are much more mobile. The 5G wireless technology could provide that in addition to the platform that brings everything else together.

Experts say that one thing that’s holding back the IoT is the fact that there are so many different ways for devices to connect, everything from Bluetooth to RFID. The 5G networks could serve as a unifying platform that brings everything together.

And then there’s the issue of capacity. More devices will need more data faster. That’s an area where 5G really delivers.

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