Verizon teams with Samsung and Cisco for 5G trial

James Pearce
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Multi-vendor technology trial by Verizon in Ann Arbor, Michigan for 5G services

Verizon has teamed with Samsung and Cisco to deploy a multi-vendor end-to-end 5G trial in the US city of Detroit.

The US operator revealed plans to deploy 5G trials in US cities in the second quarter, but this is the first one to involve multiple vendors working on an end-to-end solution.

It saw Samsung and Cisco deploy 5G technology for home broadband service via fixed wireless access in the Ann Arbor suburb of metropolitan Detroit in Michigan.

“We are excited about the rapid progression of 5G technology with our 5G Technology Forum partners,” said Adam Koeppe, vice president of network planning at Verizon. “Interoperability, a key milestone towards 5G commercialization, allows for highly flexible network design to meet emerging 5G use cases.”

The solution includes a 5G virtualised packet core based on the Cisco Ultra Services Platform with Advanced Services and Samsung’s virtual RAN (vRAN), combined with its 5G radio base stations and 5G home routers.

“Our collaboration with Samsung and Verizon for the first of many 5G trials, marks an important industry milestone for interoperability and diversified service offerings,” said Yvette Kanouff, SVP and GM for the service provider business at Cisco.

“We are also making history on the path towards true network functions virtualisation (NFV), demonstrating it for the first time in a 5G environment.”

“We’re very excited about the possibilities this opens up in terms of network architectures, particularly in view of 5G’s aim to connect new industries and empower unique service scenarios,” said Woojune Kim, VP and head of next generation strategy at Samsung Electronics.

“A shift towards NFV creates new opportunities in the industry value chain, enabling collaboration with pioneering industry leaders to bring greater value to consumers and businesses.”