Verizon's CTO Discusses Their Nationwide 5G Deployment
Of rising chief technology officer Kyle Milady on in the first of a three part interview to discuss the state of five G.. So just to kick things off what is the state of Verizon's five day deployment Oh man good question we have a real a lot going on at the moment you know we started this journey you know years ago frankly actually coming up with their own five G. SPEC. So we could bring that five G. SPEC along with submillimeter wave spectrum that we purchased and all the idea of trying to really leapfrog the current generation. Of Technology Knob, it's been a few years We're really happy with the progress we launched our first commercial five G. on last last April, and send them a the two two major things we've been doing one is optimizing technology. For use in the the wider network and deploying more and more notes and so on both on both fronts, we've been really making a lot of a lot of good progress on the technology side. Don't WanNA. Get Too Geeky. But you know we started off with our deployments at something called foresee on what that is for chunks of Trim Gang together, and with that we're able to. Get close to or over sometimes two gigabits a second on in on a cell phone But we've been working on something called HCC, which actually gangs up eight chunks of spectrum together, and we're going to be able to get over four gigabits a second. We've been doing the labs and in some of our field trial. So we continue to work on the technology on the. Dial link, we're working on an our technology on the uplink. So you can get much faster speeds coming from the device up to the network, and so that's coming along well, and then finally we've really ramped up our deployment in terms of small cell deployment throughout the country were we're GONNA put five to six times more nodes on we did last year and you know, right Now we're on target. We're doing really well in terms of getting the the equipment out there. Yeah I know you just hit San Jose recently hitting your thirsty market. I know you have a target for sixty markets with five G. by the years that's still an achievable target something yourself shooting for absolutely absolutely continue the momentum we've we have those markets that we launched in. The Bay area, we didn't conjunction with our MECH. Announcement but we have a whole bunch of other studies that were working really hard and right now, and you'll start seeing those rollout the towards the. Towards the second half year and you know we're we're right on track and we're really excited to start building momentum and launching new markets and allow people to really experience great you the great the servicing capabilities of ban has offer. Time Baltra white band because that's also known as millimeter way spectrum. It is it's got a rep for being extremely fast talking about one to get to speed up the rage limited and it it's. Often compared to. A hot spot on steroids right and so. T mobile likes to the bash guys know your customers only connect to five g. a fraction of the time. What do you say that it's especially at you as you're broadening your deployment and your positioning this consumers is something that they wanna have How do you reconcile that the fact that like the range continues to be pretty limited for this that service great can get it, but it is hard to get. Yes. Oh, the here's a say that we started like I said, we started the journey years ago. And the hardest thing to do is five G. With millimeter wave. But that's also where the greatest prizes that is where you can really fundamentally changed the way wireless works and it was wasn't lost on us that the Rangers certainly limited compared to a seven hundred. Network eight fifty network in the in the low band, a spectrum that we had before. It'll be honest years ago we weren't even sure you could use millimeter wave in a wireless commercial network. We've proven that to be the case. Now it's a matter of we gotta keep building out and we gotta keep getting the nodes out there, but the technology is working as as we'd expect. So there hasn't been any surprises in terms of how much coverage now, it's the to to get it out there get more deeply deployed and also what you'll start seeing from us. In the rest of the year here, we're going to be putting out what we call five G. Nationwide. which uses technology called DSS, which allows us five G. and four G. to share a low ban spectrum.