Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Verizon Brings Home 5G Service to Four US Cities on October 1

Verizon Brings Home 5G Service to Four US Cities on October 1

Sacramento is one of four cities in the receive early access to the at-home internet service, along with Houston, Indianapolis, and Los Angeles, according to a Verizon press release.

The 5G service makes use of Verizon's "ultra wideband" network utilising the company's small cells, fibre backbone, and millimetre-wave (mmWave) spectrum.

The 5G service will cost existing Verizon subscribers $50 a month, and $70 a month for non-carrier customers. Verizon and others have been laying the foundation of 5G networks for some time. This launch is still a big deal, though, because we're finally starting to see 5G service become available to consumers.

Verizon 5G Home won't have hardware costs and should produce "typical network speeds around 300Mbps" with peak speeds at "nearly 1 Gig". Taxes and fees are included in that rate, and there's no annual contract.

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Customers who sign up early will get free installation and equipment as well as their first three months of service for free. And best of all, there will be no data caps... 5G Home service uses the next generation wireless technology to offer home internet service without a cable or fiber hookup.

Yesterday Verizon announced that they will be expanding their 5G labs to Los Angeles, Washington DC, Palo Alto, California, and Waltham, Massachusetts.

As a bonus, Verizon says that 5G Home customers get the ability to be first to 5G mobile phone purchases, once those are made available.

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.

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