Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Verizon to launch 'world's first commercial 5G service' on 1 October

Verizon to launch 'world's first commercial 5G service' on 1 October

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The new 5G service will be available to customers living in four major USA cities: Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento.

Service will be branded "Verizon 5G Home".

The age of 5G is upon us, even if it's not coming to phones quite yet.

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 is probably taking a hit on the cost of service in order to get 5G service into as many homes as possible.

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. Additionally, Verizon will not be putting any data cap on the plan.

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Verizon in February also announced making the first over-the-air call on 5G using mmWave spectrum, Nokia equipment, and a prototype device from Qualcomm; last week trialled 5G in Washington DC with Nokia; and last month transmitted a 5G signal between two radio sectors to a moving vehicle with Nokia.

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's wireless network already has the highest utilization rate among 80 mobile operators worldwide, according to a new study by Rewheel Research.

Houston is the next target for Verizon's 5G network, following Sacramento and Los Angeles, with plans to deploy it later this year. 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.

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