Verizon and Ericsson are strengthening their 4G LTE partnership as their preparations for the deployment of the fifth generation of mobile networks continue, the two companies announced this week. The move comes in the form of a stateside market expansion for Ericsson as the Swedish technology giant struck a deal with Verizon to extend their collaboration to more territories in the United States. As a result, Ericsson will be bringing its latest 4G LTE solutions to more cities across the country, in addition to providing Verizon with a new telecommunications platform meant to allow for swift deployment of 5G connectivity in the future.
The hardware part of the package Ericsson will be providing to Verizon will already be 5G-enabled, capable of switching to a non-standalone specification of the new wireless standard with a conventional software upgrade. In terms of exact technologies, Ericsson's platform includes dual-band radios designed for highly scalable 4G LTE deployment that's also suitable for NB-IoT and CAT-M applications intended to support new Internet of Things solutions through improved latencies and capacities. The two companies are describing the extension of their partnership as yet another major step toward 5G commercialization which will see them continue their close collaboration for the foreseeable future.
Ericsson already launched its premier 5G RAN software designed for commercial purposes earlier this year and remains one of the largest investors in the next generation of wireless communications. Verizon is also presently the leading wireless carrier in the U.S. in terms of 5G R&D along with AT&T, having already detailed some of its plans meant to result in a launch of a commercial 5G fixed wireless access network by the end of the year. Earlier today, the company named Houston as the third city to receive its 5G service in the final quarter of the year, with Los Angeles and Sacramento also being part of its initial testbed.