Motorola made a promise months ago the Moto Z3 will be the first device to access Verizon’s 5G network, and true to its words, alongside Verizon, the Moto Z3 has made successful data transmission over that network.
Verizon and Motorola announced this news via blog posts as they shed light on what we expect to be nest milestone in mobile data transmission next year.
“Today, Verizon – in partnership with Motorola, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated – completed the world’s first 5G data transmission on a smartphone on a commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network,” John O’Mally of Verizon wrote
“This successful test was completed with a moto z3 paired with a 5G moto mod™, the world’s first 5G-upgradeable smartphone, in Providence, RI. This is the same 5G-upgradeable smartphone device consumers will use on Verizon’s 5G mobile network when commercial service begins in 2019. This is the latest in a series of 5G milestones Verizon and its technology partners have achieved in recent months,” he added.
“Using a commercial 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) network in Providence, RI and Verizon’s 28 GHz spectrum, we were able to successfully complete the first data transmission test with a moto z3 paired with a 5G moto mod™,” Motorola announced in their blog post
“The successful test was completed with the same device consumers will use on Verizon’s 5G mobile network and is the latest in a series of 5G milestones Verizon and its technology partners have achieved in recent months on the path to commercial 5G mobile service in 2019.” the blog post stated.
Bill Stone, vice president, Technology Development and Planning for Verizon also used the opportunity to reaffirm their position in the race to deliver 5G to smartphones next year. “In the past two years, we have consistently led the world in 5G, including launching the world’s first commercial 5G service last month. This successful test, using an actual smartphone, widens our lead,” he said, “We will be the first to offer a 5G upgradeable smartphone on our network in 2019.”
“This test is also one step closer to getting upgraded speed and connectivity that will affect all aspects of our daily lives. 5G will be a transformational leap in wireless, and we are excited to be a part of it,” Shakil Barkat, vice president, Global Product Development at Motorola.
“Samsung’s early and extensive innovation in 5G is helping to lay the foundation for the next-generation of wireless communications,” said Magnus Ojert, vice president, Networks Division, Samsung Electronics America.
“Beginning with our contributions to Verizon’s 5G Home service, commercialized on October 1, and now with 5G New Radio, we’re excited to continue our work with Verizon while advancing our lead in delivering 5G mobile technology that will benefit consumers, businesses and cities,” Magnus added
Apple will be hoping Intel comes clean with solutions to its modem problems if they are to deliver a 5G enabled iPhone next year.