Samsung announced today that it has been selected by Verizon to supply commercial 5G Fixed Wireless Access network solutions. Verizon’s fixed wireless 5G service is due to be rolled out in five U.S. cities before the end of this year. Samsung and Verizon will begin the rollout starting with Sacramento, California in the second half of this year.
Samsung is going to supply Verizon with commercial 5G home routers, 5G Radio Access Units, and 5G radio frequency planning services. What this means is that when the 5G fixed wireless service from Verizon arrives in homes later this year, Samsung’s routers will be powering it.
“Together with Verizon, we have explored the vast potential of 5G through market trials across the U.S.,” Samsung’s SVP Networks Division Mark Louison said. Samsung has applied that lessons learned from these trials to ensure that its end-to-end 5G portfolio is ready for commercial service.
The rollout is going to start with these fixed wireless installations because they won’t have the battery limitations of mobile devices. The network will aim to provide fiber-level speeds with low latency.
Verizon will reveal more information about its 5G fixed wireless network rollout in the months to come. It hasn’t said as yet how much the service is going to cost.