At end of June, 2020 Verizon announced the completion of successful trials related to DSS (Dynamic Spectrum Sharing) technology in Texas and Minnesota. The trials, that have been performed in a live network, showed effective completion of data sessions with both 5G NR and LTE services running simultaneously over low band spectrum.
Adam Koeppe, Senior Vice President of Technology Planning at Verizon said“The most recent successful trials of our DSS technology demonstrate we are on track to launch 5G Nationwide in 2020”. “DSS will allow us to run 5G technology on the same spectrum bands as LTE without inefficiently wasting spectrum resources. It will complement Verizon’s primary strategy of offering a keenly differentiated 5G Ultra Wideband service on mmWave spectrum which will remain our deployment priority.”
DSS is a technology that allows 5G to run at the same time at the ms with 4G LTE on multiple spectrum bands, including those historically reserved for 4G LTE services. When commercially deployed, this new technology will allow Verizon to use its full portfolio of current spectrum resources to serve both 5G and 4G customers, maximizing their experience on the Verizon network by making 5G nationwide available. The dynamic nature of how a network is used requires the ability to allocate spectrum resources in real-time providing customers the precise experience they want. With Dynamic spectrum sharing, when customers move outside Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband coverage area, their 5G-enabled devices will remain on 5G using lower bands of spectrum.
The launch of DSS will really unleash the power of 5G technology, allowing for robust computing at the edge of the network, and greater programmability of the network to manage dynamic uses and traffic. Customers will benefit from the extremely low latencies and the wide coverage of 5G with capable devices.
Koeppe confirmed that: “The inherent characteristics of 5G technology will lead to a wide variety of use cases that include everything from massive numbers of IoT devices that do very little networking, to smartphones with infinite opportunities to use data, to more complex solutions such as AR/VR that will require massive computing capabilities on the edge of the network. Those solutions will each require different combinations of the capabilities 5G will offer. To “right-size” network resources for these various use cases, it will require great flexibility and adaptability in the network.”