Verizon reaches ‘key milestone’ on the road to 5G
#Verizon today issued a press release announcing that it has finalized its 5G radio specifications. The leading US carrier describes this as a “key milestone” in the long journey to 5G, which will offer data speeds far beyond what 4G / LTE give us now. “Consumers will experience gigabits-per-second throughputs and single-millisecond latencies,” according to Verizon. And yes, that’s fast. But we’re still a long way out from 5G becoming a reality on the devices we carry around every day, which makes Verizon’s claims feel a little “first!” The FCC only just began preparing for our 5G future. So far, carriers including Verizon have been conducting small field tests to demonstrate the kind of network performance that will be possible when all of this gets moving along for real. So what does a radio specification matter? At the very least, Verizon says it helps get everyone on the same page.