We met with Nicki Palmer, Verizon Wireless' Chief Network Officer at their operations center in N.J. and she filled us in on their 5G testings and explained what it's means for all of us.
Plus we got an exclusive look at their brand new 5G testing facility.
5G (G for generational) basically means faster, bigger, better, says Palmer.
It means new waves of innovation and a really seamless platform for virtual reality. So you'll get way faster data transfer - like in the single milliseconds, along with products and applications that 4G just can't handle.
Verizon currently is testing 5G in 11 cities: Ann Arbor, MI, Atlanta, Bernardsville, N.J., Brockton, MA, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle and Washington DC.
So lucky you if you live in any of those cities.
They've also created a brand new, dedicated 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) wing to their device testing lab in New Jersey. (IoT is a system that allows the transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.)
The lab has more than 10,000 square feet of testing going on. And the typical device goes through five to six hardware and/or software upgrades before getting approval, according to the company.
Granted, AT&T Inc.'s (T) - Get AT&T Inc. Report , Sprint Corp. (S) - Get SentinelOne, Inc. Class A Report & T-Mobile US (TMUS) - Get T-Mobile US, Inc. Report all are testing 5G networks in some shape or form.
But at this point, Verizon is positioned to be the first to launch a 5G fixed wireless broadband solution in the U.S. sometime in 2018, says Palmer, noting they were first to launch national 3G and 4G LTE networks
So stay tuned. 5G is coming soon! So is our #AlphaRising package on Palmer!
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Editors' pick: Originally published Oct. 20.