Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Verizon claims 5G bragging rights; home broadband service launching in October

Verizon claims 5G bragging rights; home broadband service launching in October

Current Verizon customers will have to pay $50 a month while it will cost non-customers $70 a month.

Verizon just announced that its 5G broadband service, officially called Verizon 5G Home, arrives October 1. According to Verizon, both of these totals includes all taxes and fees, and do not require an annual contract. Verizon Wireless customers will also get early purchasing access to 5G smartphones when they become available. "We developed early standards that allowed the industry and hardware and software manufacturers to build solutions more quickly".

The company is promising "typical networks speeds" of 300Mbps with peak speeds of 1Gbps thanks to its extensive fiber-based backhaul, extensive cell coverage and large holdings of millimeter wave spectrum for maximum bandwidth - all part of Verizon's neatly packaged 5G Ultra Wideband Network. Once this happens, it will become the first commercial 5G service to launch in both the U.S. and in the world.

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As an added bonus for signing up for Verizon 5G Home, you will be given three months of YouTube TV for free along with your choice of either an Apple TV 4K or a Google Chromecast Ultra - also free. Instead, this is home internet, which Verizon is touting as ideal for cord cutters looking to ditch cable TV.

What is 5G, and what can we expect from it?

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. Good question. Simply put, 5G networking is the next major evolution of mobile wireless technology.

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