Verizon Completes 5G mm-Wave In-Building Lab Trials with Corning and Samsung

Verizon announced that they have completed 5G mmWave in-building with Corning and have now started to conduct lab trials with Samsung. 5G mmWave in-building solutions which, when commercially launched, will provide 5G mmWave coverage inside facilities such as hospitals, manufacturing facilities, warehouses, schools, port, retail stores and more. The launch of these indoor cell sites will not only extend the footprint of Verizon’s 5G Ultra-Wideband network but will also bring the promise of private networks with Mobile Edge Compute (MEC) capabilities one step closer.

Adam Koeppe, Senior Vice President of Technology Planning and Development at Verizon feels an indoor cell site brings the benefits of mmWave 5G - high throughput, great capacity, high reliability and the ability for a large number of users to simultaneously use robust data applications - indoors where it may be more difficult for signals from a 5G base station on penetrate and propagate.

In-building solutions have been a staple of wireless networks since their inception, providing an effective and efficient means of delivering dedicated coverage and capacity indoors for 4G LTE for many years. The 5G indoor solutions being tested are more compact, lower power and compatible with Verizon’s virtualization strategy.

A Big Leap Towards Private 5G Networks for Enterprise Customers

The impending commercialization of these indoor systems is a critical step on the way to private 5G networks. A private 5G network is a smaller, self-contained network whose components all reside in a single facility. The most robust, lowest-latency, highest-performing private 5G network relies on three basic components: a private core serving exclusively that single system, a radio access network (an indoor cell site like the ones being tested with Corning and Samsung), and a MEC platform.

Koeppe feels by combining a private core, an indoor cell site and the MEC platform in a facility, an enterprise can have a private and secure ultra-reliable, high-speed, low-latency 5G network. A private 5G network will offer customers the potential to have the cloud within their facility. It will accelerate enterprise automation and digitization efforts, and with Verizon’s mmWave bandwidth and reliability, it will offer the scalability to manage massive numbers of devices along with advanced capabilities such as Edge AI, computer vision and other emerging technologies.

With all three components of the network in a single facility, it increases speed and efficiency by eliminating the need for data to cross through multiple routers and across large geographies. It also eliminates the need to share core resources with the macro network and offers the flexibility to develop specific capabilities customized to the private network owner.

About the Indoor Cell Site Trials

After an industry-wide RFP, Corning’s and Samsung’s indoor cell site solutions were chosen for the Verizon network. Corning’s solution completed testing in the Verizon test lab in Westlake, TX and has begun field testing in a live network environment.

Corning's mmWave solution, part of Corning's portfolio of strategic cellular solutions for the enterprise, brings 5G indoors with a sleek, easy-to-install design, delivering future-ready 5G performance by utilizing Corning's state-of-the-art composite fibre (with fiber for data transmission and copper for powering, in one cable.)

Michael Bell, senior vice president and general manager of Corning Optical Communications feels with Corning's mmWave solution, Verizon will showcase its 5G Ultra-Wideband capabilities for the enterprise. Their mmWave solution claim to deliver cost-effective indoor coverage that allows enterprises to reap the full benefits of 5G. Lab trials have begun using Samsung’s 5G mmWave indoor small cell in-building product which, after successful completion, will also advance to field trials. This solution will provide a compact, discrete indoor 5G solution capable of delivering the high-throughput and lower-latency service levels to support Verizon enterprise customers’ in-building 5G service requirements.

Magnus Ojert, Vice President, Networks Division of Samsung Electronics America feels that these first trials of indoor small cell solutions, coupled with their recent advancements with vRAN, advance their support of Verizon’s 5G Ultra-Wideband network, and will provide their U.S. consumers and enterprises with incredible new experiences.

Verizon expects to begin deployment of a commercial in-building product by the end of 2020.