Moves on to Field testing in Live Network
Verizon has competed lab trials on Corning’s 5G mmWave equipment and is moving on to test it in live field conditions on its network. This is important news as 5G mmWave cannot be brought in from outdoors in most cases and for there to be in-building coverage this gear will be critical. “An indoor cell site brings the benefits of mmWave 5G – high throughput, great capacity, high reliability and the ability for a large number of users to simultaneously use robust data applications – indoors where it may be more difficult for signals from our outside 5G network to penetrate,” said Adam Koeppe, Senior Vice President of Technology Planning and Development at Verizon.
Corning appears to be the first vendor to receive this approval in the lab, which is a big leap towards making 5G indoors a reality. This impending commercialization of 5G will be much more difficult without strong coverage indoors as outdoor coverage has a long way to go before it could be considered “ubiquitous” or everywhere. “Corning is excited to be part of delivering the rich 5G Ultra Wideband experience to Verizon’s customers. With 80% of the world’s mobile traffic taking place indoors, this is another important step in realizing the 5G future”, said Art King, Director of Enterprise Services at Corning Optical Communications.
Corning’s mmWave solution, part of Corning’s roster of strategic cellular solutions for enterprise clients, brings 5G indoors with a well designed, easy-to-install platform, providing 5G mmWave communications by utilizing Corning’s state-of-the-art composite fiber which is a bundled cable with fiber for data and copper to provide power, in one package.
“We’re pleased to open a new phase in our longtime collaboration with Verizon, which over the years has brought reliable LTE coverage to Verizon’s customers in venues large and small,” said Michael Bell, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Optical Communications. “Now, with Corning’s mmWave solution, Verizon will showcase its 5G Ultra Wideband capabilities for the enterprise. Our mmWave solution draws on Corning’s decades of experience in network design to deliver cost-effective indoor coverage that allows enterprises to reap the full benefits of 5G.”
Verizon announced that it expects to begin initial deployment of an enterprise commercial in-building solution by the end of this year.