United States —
Verizon is planning to deploy small cells – both low power and high power – using the 3.5 GHz or Citizens Broadband Radio Services (CBRS) band.
Verizon has long been involved in small cell densification and the expansion of its dark fiber footprint strategy in relation to 5G technology trials and launch.
Verizon is actively working with multiple vendors and testing 3.5 GHz equipment this year in both lab and field tests. The company’s officials mentioned that they have already conducted infrastructure testing. Subject to the availability of the spectrum access server (SAS), commercial-grade network equipment and capable devices, further testing is expected to be completed by early 2018.