Verizon 5G Home Internet service arrives in select cities on October 1

by Lawrence Cooper September 14, 2018, 19:01
Verizon 5G Home Internet service arrives in select cities on October 1

Verizon Communications Inc., taking a key step toward rolling out speedier internet and pay-TV service across the US, will start offering a fifth-generation package on October 1 in four cities, with signups beginning this week. Following years of just pure hype, customers in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Indianapolis and Houston will be able to register for the new service beginning Thursday.

How much will it cost? Verizon 5G Home customers will see typical speeds speeds of around 300 Mbps, Verizon says. Additionally, Verizon will not be putting any data cap on the plan. Given that the Chromecast Ultra retails for $69, while the 32GB Apple TV 4K retails for $179, we'd probably go with the latter (you could always sell it after the fact).

Verizon says that 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". Aside from this, Verizon will also be the first ISP company to provide 5G mobile service to the public.

The new speed is a very big deal, as Verizon notes in its 5G naming announcement: "5G is not an incremental improvement over 4G; it's a revolutionary new technology that requires a new approach in designing and deploying networks".

It will be available only in four cities to begin with.

Samsung has supplied FCC-certified 5G solutions, including 5G home and outdoor router, 5G Radio (Access Unit, Digital Unit-integrated type), and virtualized radio solutions to Verizon, said Magnus Ojert, vice president, Networks Division, Samsung Electronics America. The company plans to expand to new markets once it switches to industry-standard 5G equipment.

What this means to you: 5G is emerging at a time when everyone wants fast Internet service but competition is sparse, forcing users to pay higher prices. MWC Americas, which starts today, is set to be an orgy of competing 5G firsts and who's to say that might not get a bit heated as attendees spill out into the LA bars.

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