Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
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Verizon launches 5G home Internet with 300Mbps speeds

Verizon launches 5G home Internet with 300Mbps speeds

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 U.S. markets.

Verizon in the U.S. has unveiled Verizon 5G Home, which it calls a world-first.

If you turn out to be eligible for 5G broadband through Verizon, you won't pay anything for the service initially.

Verizon has announced that it will be launching its 5G home broadband service on October 1 across parts of Sacramento, Los Angeles, Houston, and Indianapolis, with the service to provide typical network speeds of 300Mbps and peak speeds of 1Gbps. You will also have access to a dedicated 5G service team should you need support. Despite the ability to deliver high speeds, Verizon's 5G Home service technically isn't 5G since this early launch uses non-industry-standard technology (learn more about the basics of 5G). It's unclear if those are just download speeds or both up and down. I'm sure that's something early adopters will put to the test.

While 5G standards are in the final stages of completion, Verizon says it didn't want to wait until they were done to start planning its 5G home service.

Verizon's 5G operates on millimeter wave spectrum - Verizon's slice of the airwaves is around 28GHz. Any object passing between the local tower and your home antenna could interrupt the signal. "After that introductory period, current Verizon Wireless customers with a qualifying smartphone plan will pay $50 per month for the service, while non-Verizon Wireless customers will pay $70 per month", Verizon said. In either case, that's less expensive than most services that claim to offer gigabit speeds.

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. This is as much about promoting its 5G network as it is about selling people 5G home internet.

There are admittedly some pretty good freebies flowing here - free installation, three months of free service, a free Chromecast or Apple TV 4K and three months of free YouTube TV, plus priority to purchase the first 5G mobile device when it's available.

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