Verizon Will Offer 5G Home Internet Next Month in Select Cities

Angelica Greene
September 13, 2018

The 5G service makes use of Verizon's "ultra wideband" network utilising the company's small cells, fibre backbone, and millimetre-wave (mmWave) spectrum. In its 5G Home announcement Verizon said it expects to be the first carrier to offer 5G mobile service, though its rivals may have something to say about that.

Today Verizon announced it's launching "the world's first commercial 5G broadband internet service" on October 1st. Instead of exclusively relying on an underground fiber optic cable, Verizon's technology simply involves installing a router built with fixed antennas to deliver the broadband wirelessly.

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. Priced at $50 for people who already have Verizon wireless and$70 for those who don't, it's promising speeds of "around 300 Mbps" up to 1 Gbps, with no data caps. Depending on location, peak speeds could reach almost 1Gbps.

Verizon revealed the upcoming service this evening, stating that potential customers can check out all the details on its new FirstOn5G.com website starting this upcoming Thursday; the service's launch takes place on October 1 and will involve the company's own proprietary 5G standard. "There are no additional hardware costs".

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The age of 5G is upon us, even if it's not coming to phones quite yet. We also asked Verizon for the service's upload speeds and information about what equipment will be used in the home.

Verizon's network limitations have been a hot topic recently, since the Santa Clara County fire departments complained that a device with an unlimited data plan was throttled while they were fighting California's largest-ever wildfire.

Other details include free installation, a free router, and free router upgrades starting next year.

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