Verizon to Start Testing 5G Service in 11 Cities This Year

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Back at the beginning of 2016, AT&T confirmed that it would start testing its own 5G service in select markets in the United States.

The Big Blue carrier expanded those tests later in the year, as it announced that network speeds had reached 10Gbps. So, it should not be surprising to hear that Verizon is starting to go down that path as well. The Big Red network has officially announced that, beginning this year, it will start making headway into its own 5G network.

Verizon has confirmed that it will begin offering 5G “pre-commercial” service in 11 different cities beginning sometime later this year. Those markets are:

  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Bernardsville, New Jersey
  • Brockton, Massachussetts
  • Dallas, Teas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Houston, Texas
  • Miami, Florida
  • Sacramento, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Washington, D.C.

Verizon adds that the testing phase includes “several hundred cell sites that cover several thousand customer locations.” Verizon is partnering with a variety of companies, including Ericsson, Samsung, Qualcomm, and Intel as part of its 5G Technology Forum.

5G speeds won’t be around “soon,” but it’s good that the networks are already busy testing it, so that when a rollout does happen, as many customers as possible will be covered, hopefully, right out of the gate.

[via Verizon]

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