Verizon says 5G is not a replacement for LTE

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Verizon Wireless has confirmed that despite its strong efforts in 5G network trails and future plans to deploy it in 2017, LTE will be operational side by side and that the operator has no plans whatsoever to overhaul the technology.

“5G is not a replacement for LTE, 5G is a strategic overlay on top of LTE going forward, and we believe LTE will be around for many years to come,” said Roger Gurnani, Executive Vice President and Chief Information and Technology Architect at Verizon.

Verizon has collaborated with Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm, and Samsung for testing 5G technology in the field and in the lab.