Verizon works with Corning and Samsung to bring mmWave 5G download speeds inside
Adam Koeppe, Senior Vice President of Technology Planning and Development at Verizon said, “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.” The in-building systems also are a big step forward for private 5G networks. The latter is a small, self-contained network where the components are all located in one facility.
According to Verizon, Corning’s in-building solution brings 5G inside with the use of “Corning’s state-of-the-art composite fiber (with fiber for data transmission and copper for powering, in one cable).” Samsung’s contribution to the lab trials has been its 5G mmWave indoor small cell in-building product that provides a compact, discrete indoor 5G solution that can deliver the high-throughput and lower-latency service at levels that will satisfy Verizon’s business customers’ requirements for receiving indoor 5G service.
Michael Bell, senior vice president and general manager, Corning Optical Communications, stated that “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.”
Samsung also made a statement. Magnus Ojert, Vice President, Networks Division, Samsung Electronics America said, “Building on our network collaboration with Verizon since 2009 and our global leadership in mmWave technology, we are excited to expand 5G’s next phase to the enterprise with Verizon. These first trials of indoor small cell solutions, coupled with our recent advancements with vRAN, advance our support of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network, and will provide their U.S. consumers and enterprises with incredible new experiences.”
Verizon says that by the end of this year, it expects to start deploying a commercial in-building product. While Verizon has the early speed lead over AT&T and T-Mobile, extending this advantage indoors would be quite a feather in Verizon’s cap.