Verizon launching its 5G home internet service on October 1st

Ruben Fields
September 12, 2018

Keeping true to the promises it made back in November of a year ago, Verizon has confirmed that its first 5G broadband internet service will go live in just a matter of weeks. Verizon says it will expand 5G broadband internet to additional cities, but didn't provide a time frame.

Interestingly, Verizon isn't hiding from the fact that its initial fixed wireless internet service uses the company's proprietary 5GTF standard and not the official 3GPP 5G standard. And best of all, there will be no data caps... After that, though, the cost goes up considerably: Verizon wireless customers with a qualifying phone plan will pay $50 a month while the service will run subscribers without Verizon Wireless $70 a month. This launch is still a big deal, though, because we're finally starting to see 5G service become available to consumers. A complimentary three-month package for YouTube TV and a free Apple TV 4K or Google Chromecast Ultra are also included in the early bird bundle.

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The carrier's 11 pre-commercial 5G trial networks - in Sacramento, Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Seattle, Washington DC, Bernardsville, Brockton, and Denver - were deployed throughout 2017. In addition, the initial rollout will be extremely limited, and will encompass just four major USA cities: Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento.

5G is considered the next evolution in mobile technology that will create wireless networks faster and more powerful than the current 4G or LTE networks. "We're opening access to our 5G network because we believe the next-generation solutions that will ride on it will be the result of collaboration and innovation by an entire ecosystem of developers".

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