After tooting its own horn about its leadership in 5G infrastructure earlier today, Verizon announced this afternoon that it will launch the country's first 5G broadband internet service on October 1.
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. In addition, the initial rollout will be extremely limited, and will encompass just four major USA cities: Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento.
Verizon 5G Home won't have hardware costs and should produce "typical network speeds around 300Mbps" with peak speeds at "nearly 1 Gig".
Existing Verizon Wireless customers with a "qualifying smartphone plan" that live in one of these markets will be able to sign up for Verizon 5G Home at a cost of $50 per month starting September 13at 8am EST by visiting FirstOn5G.com. There are "no data caps" either. Verizon and others have been laying the foundation of 5G networks for some time. Signing up for service includes "free white glove installation and equipment", as well as free router and router upgrades as they become available in 2019.
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Launching a 5G broadband service has been part of Verizon's 5G roll-out for a while, as the carrier gears up toward launching its 5G mobile network next year. The freebies don't stop there, though, as Verizon is also giving early 5G adopters three free months of YouTube TV as well as their choice of a free Chromecast or Apple TV.
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.
Verizon and Ericsson in July further announced an expansion of their 4G LTE partnership, with the Swedish networking giant to deploy its 4G and 5G-ready radio system across multiple United States markets.