This week marked another major milestone for Verizon, and another major step towards the commercial launch of the 5G network. In a statement, the wireless networking company announced that it had successfully completed the world’s first 5G data transmission on a smartphone. Using a 5G moto mod for the Motorola moto z3 smartphone, Verizon completed the transition on a 5G test network in Providence, Rhode Island.
The news is major for a couple of reasons, one being the fact that the transmission worked, of course. But what’s perhaps most exciting about this is that Verizon conducted the test on a phone that is already commercially available in the moto z3. Back in the summer, Motorola launched the 5G moto mod for Verizon’s network, making the phone one of the first to be upgradable to the forthcoming 5G network. 5G has been this fluffy topic that’s been discussed, and it has been tested. But this test with the z3 feels like the first time 5G is a tangible reality. The network worked, and it worked on a product that consumers already have their hands on.
“This test is also one step closer to getting upgraded speed and connectivity that will affect all aspects of our daily lives,” Shakil Barkat, vice president, Global Product Development at Motorola, said in Verizon’s statement. “5G will be a transformational leap in wireless, and we are excited to be a part of it.”