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Verizon, Ericsson test IAB as an ‘acceleration tool’ for 5G deployment

July 8, 2020

Verizon worked with Ericsson to complete a proof-of-concept trial using new Integrated Access Backhaul (IAB) technology to deploy Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband service. According to Verizon, the carrier has “bet big on fiber,” which is calls the “circulatory system of a network.” However, tackling local regulations and licensing hurdles, as well as the installation itself, will take significant time, and so IAB, which eliminates the need to wait for fiber installations, will allow the carrier to get 5G up and running more quickly.

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