Verizon 5G Home service coming next month

Isaac Cain
September 13, 2018

"This is monumental", said Maria MacGunigal, the City's Chief Information Officer, who worked on the innovative project, a public-private partnership with Verizon. If you are in a supported area, Verizon says your 5G service should run reliably at 300Mbps but can reach speeds of nearly 1 Gbps when network congestion is low.

Verizon says 5G Home subscribers can expect average network speeds of around 300 Mbps with peak speeds of almost 1 Gig and no data caps.

Today Verizon announced it's launching "the world's first commercial 5G broadband internet service" on October 1st. 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.

There is a tiny asterisk, if you ask some critics. 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. We asked Verizon if a similar limitation will be applied to 5G home Internet and will update this story if we a get a response.

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Now before you start jumping up and down in excitement and start hunting for 5G smartphones, we should caution that this is nota mobile 5G service.

Verizon Wireless subscribers will pay $50 a month to maintain the service while other customers will pay $70 per month. The company plans to "rapidly expand" Verizon 5G Home coverage, but doing so will require it to install new equipment from vendors. Service speeds "should" fall around 300Mbps and may range up to 1Gbps, though that depends on the subscriber's location; there's no data caps.

Early users of the service in those four cities will get it for free for the first three months. 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.

The labs will launch by the end of 2018, and will be kitted out with live 5G networks to help startups, universities, and tech companies to collaborate with Verizon.

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