A consistent challenge for real estate owners has been ensuring their wireless connection is strong enough to satisfy their tenants as they use their mobile devices for business and recreational use.
As more commercial real estate decision makers reveal that connectivity is only surpassed by location when they choose where to lease space, property owners face more pressure to supply strong coverage than ever before.
That challenge does not appear to be going away anytime soon, especially as 5G networks work their way into the mainstream. Before commercial building owners know it, potential tenants will be asking if they can accommodate 5G.
That day could be sooner than later as Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. recently completed the first end-to-end call with a smartphone form factor test device on a commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network in Minneapolis.
The successful test showed the experiences customers could look forward to at some point on a commercial 5G NR network.
Verizon and Nokia also teamed up for the first over-the-air data transmission on a commercial 5G NR network in Washington, DC. These tests follow a number of other 5G NR milestones Verizon reached during the summer before commercial 5G mobile services launch next year.
“This latest demonstration is significant because it took place over commercial 5G NR network equipment to a test device in the form factor of the handheld devices our customers will eventually use on our 5G network,” Bill Stone, Vice President of Technology Development and Planning for Verizon said in a company release.
“Verizon and our technology partners continue to achieve significant 5G deployment milestones. Together, we’re leading the way to making this next-generation technology a reality.”
Additional 5G connection tests included accessing the Internet, which was completed over Verizon’s 39GHz spectrum and an Ericsson millimeter wave radio through Ericsson non-standalone Option 3x core.
“We’ve taken 5G from the lab to a real-life network environment,” Ericsson Executive Vice President and Head of Networks Fredrik Jejdling said. “We’ve done so with customer focus in mind and through close collaboration with key partners. Achieving this call using our commercial 5G NR network equipment and a smartphone form factor device with Verizon and Qualcomm underscores our dedication to ensuring 5G delivers the promised benefits for our customers and their end users.”
“Today’s successful end-to-end connection between an Ericsson base station and a Qualcomm mobile test device over Verizon’s 5G network is another major milestone on the path to commercial 5G,” Qualcomm Technologies Vice President, business development, Qualcomm Joe Glynn said. “We look forward to conducting further demos with both Verizon and Ericsson as we continue to pave the way to commercial 5G devices and networks in early 2019.”
Verizon is not alone in the 5G space however. AT&T announced its plans to deploy mobile 5G in parts of Houston, Jacksonville, Louisville, New Orleans and San Antonio.
These locations join AT&T’s previously announced cities where it will deploy 5G, which include Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Raleigh and Waco.
The carrier will continue to expand its location roster in 2019. AT&T also recently made a 5G data transfer over millimeter wave with a mobile form factor device in Waco, using a Qualcomm Technologies smartphone and Ericsson 5G-NR capable radios connected to AT&T’s virtual 3X standards compliant core.
”We’re at the dawn of something new that will define the next decade and generation of connectivity,” Andre Fuetsch, chief technology officer, AT&T Communications said in a release. “Future smart factories and retailers, self-driving cars, untethered virtual and augmented realities, and other yet to be discovered experiences will grow up on tomorrow’s 5G networks. Much like 4G introduced the world to the gig economy, mobile 5G will jumpstart the next wave of unforeseen innovation.”