Showcasing the potential for multi-vendor setups for 5G, Verizon is working with Samsung Electronics and Cisco Systems on a 5G field trial in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The trial rollout there follows Verizon’s announcement earlier this year that it would test speedy, 5G-based fixed wireless services in a total of 11 markets by mid-year. Those tests aim to help Verizon test out a range of variables and parameters spanning vendors, geographies, population densities and demographics.
The Ann Arbor trial is the first to try out a multi-vendor deployment of 5G-based products. That one is pairing a 5G virtualized packet core that’s part of the Cisco Ultra Services Platform with Cisco Advanced Services and Samsung’s virtual RAN solutions (vRAN) and 5G radio base stations and 5G home routers.
“We are excited about the rapid progression of 5G technology with our 5G Technology Forum partners,” Adam Koeppe, VP of network planning at Verizon, said in a statement. “Interoperability, a key milestone towards 5G commercialization, allows for highly flexible network design to meet emerging 5G use cases.”