Ericsson, Intel, Samsung, Qualcomm and Nokia are in the tent, radiating out
March 29, 2016
Verizon is moving ahead with its mm-wave wireless plans, filling applications for 28 Ghz-band experimental licenses in the US.
The company has requested a six-month license to test equipment from Ericsson, Intel, Samsung and Qualcomm.
Most of its interest seems to be in the propagation characteristics of 5G kit in the band, since the filing says “The devices to be tested will employ directional, beamforming antennas, and their orientation in the horizontal and vertical planes will vary”.
It's asked that the license apply to office locations in Eueless, Texas, and South Plainfield, New Jersey. The testing will be within one kilometre of each location, and Verizon will coordinate with satellite earth stations “within a 25-mile radius”, as well as with existing fixed microwave users in the 27.5 – 28.5 GHz.
Samsung was already listed for Verizon tests in Euless, and Nokia is also working in the area. A spokesperson for the company told FierceWireless it's also working with Verizon in the area.