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Verizon Wireless, the leading U.S. wireless operator, will be kicking off field trials of a fifth-generation network which promises to bring some rather insane download speeds.

With these trials, the big red carrier should become the world’s first carrier to seriously move into 5G.

As reported by CNET, field trials on 5G wireless technology are set to kick off within the next 12 months, with Verizon’s chief information and technology architect Roger Gurnani confirming that “some level of commercial deployment” should begin in 2017.

Compared to 4G, 5G wireless will benefit users with much faster download speeds, better power efficiency and more responsive performance allowing for applications like remote surgery over the cellular network.

According to Verizon’s internal tests, its 5G network sports a connection speed that is 30 to 50 times faster than the carrier’s current 4G network. It’s even faster than Google’s Fiber network.

With 5G, which requires “big bands of spectrum,” a copy of the movie “The Guardians of the Galaxy” would download to a mobile device in just fifteen seconds instead of six minutes via 4G. These kinds of speeds would allow for real-time streaming of movies and television shows in 4K resolution over Verizon’s cellular network.

“The future is going to bring more stuff that I can’t really describe,” Gurnani said. ”We can’t possibly envision the full range of disruptive products and services. But we have some possibilities.”

5G technology is also supposed to be more power-efficient, “so devices are expected to last ten times as long,” according to CNET. Of course, commercial deployment of 5G networks is still a few years away. And if history is an indication, Apple won’t release a 5G-capable iPhone until all of the kinks of this technology have been worked out and 5G networks have been deployed around the world.

For what it’s worth, South Korea’s carriers should deploy a trial 5G network in in time for the 2015 Winter Olympics, Japan is working to have a 5G network running in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics and the Chinese government has also pushed aggressively for commercial deployment of 5G networks.

“At this time, our focus is on the technology field trials and accelerating the technology,” said Gurnani.

Source: CNET

  • William

    The question is how soon will it have to be before these carriers raise their data caps?

  • QuarterSwede

    While I welcome faster and faster speeds these carriers need to focus on coverage now that we’re on quick LTE speeds.

  • Trueblue711

    I gotta hand it to Verizon.. they really do keep pushing forward with the newest technologies, and they do it right. And I thought their 4G network would be good enough for years to come.

  • 5g means nothing to me as with the high cost of data I try to use it as little as possible so no streaming or downloading movies for me.

  • blu

    what is the point of these speeds with the cost of data what it is?
    Great, I can download a 4k movie in 15 seconds, oh wait, I just used 30 gigs of data in 15 seconds, aww crap.

  • Juschan

    i really wonder if there might be a limit of possible data traffic around the world just technically seen… if so 5g´s streaming 4k video possibility would fasten the process of reaching the limit right?