Earlier today Verizon launched 5G mobile internet for smartphones in Chicago and Minneapolis. This is not their home internet service but 5G for mobile. This new services will offer average download speeds of 450 Mbps with peak speeds of nearly 1 Gbps to mobile phones that support 5G.
“Verizon customers will be the first in the world to have the power of 5G in their hands,” said Hans Vestberg, Verizon’s chairman and chief executive officer. “This is the latest in our string of 5G firsts. Verizon launched the first commercial broadband 5G service last October, Verizon 5G Home, and now we’re lighting up our 5G Ultra Wideband network in Chicago and Minneapolis, providing the world’s first commercial 5G mobile service with a 5G-enabled smartphone.”
This is one more step on Verizon’s path to roll out 5G mobile and home internet nationwide. This will allow Verizon to directly compete with Comcast, Spectrum, AT&T and more for home internet customers.
Not all parts of Chicago and Minneapolis are now covered. In Chicago, 5G coverage is available in West Loop and the South Loop, around landmarks like Union Station, Willis Tower, The Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park and The Chicago Theatre. This will be used as a starting point to roll Verizon 5G out to more areas and bring 5G home internet at a later date.
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