Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Verizon Expands Their 5G Testing to Four New Towns

Verizon Expands Their 5G Testing to Four New Towns

The service will have a limited availability initially, with the carrier saying it will first launch 5G Home in parts of LA, Sacramento, Houston, and Indianapolis.

Verizon said it will start installations of its 5G home-broadband service on October 1, in what the company says will be the world's first 5G commercial service. Once this happens, it will become the first commercial 5G service to launch in both the United States and in the world. 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.

5G Home customers will also get YouTube TV free for three months, and a free Apple TV 4K or Google Chromecast Ultra device.

Verizon said customers of the new service, Verizon 5G Home, "should expect typical network speeds around 300 Mbps and, depending on location, peak speeds of almost 1 Gbps, with no data caps". Those prices include taxes and fees, and the service does not require an annual contract. According to Verizon, the peak speeds can reach close to 1 Gbps.

"We spent the last three years driving the industry to bring 5G to consumers as soon as possible", said Ronan Dunne, head of Verizon's wireless business.

For customers outside those four initial cities, signing up for Verizon's 5G home internet service will grant them early access to Verizon's 5G Home when it becomes available.

Verizon said its 300Mbps to 1Gbps download speeds are achieved with "deep fiber resources throughout the network" and "a large deployment of small cells". While the service won't be using the mobile 5G standard, Verizon will utilize mmWave technology which uses spectrum between 30 and 300 GHz. "Verizon was the operator with the highest yearly average capacity utilization of 57 percent in 2017", while most carriers were below 20 percent and the U.S. average was 33 percent, the research group said.

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