Verizon: 5G mm wave will eliminate public WiFi for most environments

At Tuesday’s Citi Investor Stakes, Ronan Dunne, Verizon’s executive vice president and CEO of Consumer Group, said most people believe that 70-75 percent of today’s terminal devices are consumed over WiFi networks rather than cellular networks,media reported. In the 5G world that Verizon is planning, Wi-Fi is not under consideration, and instead, the company’s new solution will push up indoor millimeter waves in many places.

In the world of 5G mmwave, “we don’t see the future need for WiFi because we have a more secure network environment.” We have higher performance standards and the ability to perform sessions and so on, so our view is that in full deployment, public Wi-Fi will be phased out in many environments due to the security, reliability, and service capabilities of millimeter waves. Ronan Dunne said.

Referring to cable companies that currently use WiFi and MVNO protocols, Ronan Dunne says they may be looking to balance traffic, and “I’m not saying WiFi hotspots will disappear immediately,” but it’s traffic management, not experience management.

“We think the best end-to-end experience is to enjoy 99.9999% security in an end-to-end wireless environment… Whether you’re a consumer user or an enterprise customer. “

Verizon: 5G mm wave will eliminate public WiFi for most environments

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Asked what the number of cellular base stations needed to achieve that goal meant, he said the key was a 5G indoor solution, and Verizon was already studying repeaters and nodes in the indoor environment. This means that the use of devices such as repeaters and extenders to cover sites such as residential areas and industrial facilities is very similar to the way Wi-Fi and mesh networks are used.

That’s in line with what Nicki Palmer, Verizon’s senior vice president of technology and product development, said last month during the Qualcomm Snapdragon summit. In addition to repeaters based on new beamforming technology, tools such as the 5G Distributed Antenna System (DAS) are expected to be available by 2020. She says 5G DAS devices haven’t really been available yet, but will be available by 2020. Operators often use DAS to increase or expand network coverage and capacity in places such as stadiums.

Ronan Dunne says Verizon’s focus on millimeter waves has been groundbreaking, and that with the advent of Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) in 2020, all of its spectrum will eventually be able to deploy 5G.

This year, the mmwave terminal will cost less than $800, and then below $600, and the second half of 2020 will be crucial for Verizon’s 5G Home product, when the high-performance CPE will be available.