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Verizon’s New 5G Network Will Bring 1 Gbps Internet to Everyone

Today Verizon held their 4th quarter earnings call and gave some interesting new details about their plans for 5G. The promise of 5G home Internet is to bring fiber Internet speeds without the cost of running fiber to each house. With 5G you will be able to get 5G Internet wirelessly to your home, which is a dream many cord cutters have had for years.

The hope is to cut the time it takes to wire a city with fiber Internet from years to months. Verizon has been at the core of this push to see 5G rollout starting this year. Now we get new details about Verizon’s new 5G network.

According to the earnings call, Verizon’s 5G network has 200 sites online with a peak throughput of 10 Gbps. With that speed, Verizon says with that speed they can give 5G subscribers 1 Gbps to every subscriber wirelessly over the air.

Verizon also announced that they will move to a global 5G standard this year allowing their 5G network to work with devices from around the world.

Recently Verizon announced the first market to get 5G home Internet: Sacramento, California will receive 5G home Internet in the second half of 2018. Verizon said four other markets will also get 5G home Internet in 2018 but did not disclose which markets. Verizon did say that by the end of 2018 30 million US households will have access to 5G home Internet.

“This is a landmark announcement for customers and investors who have been waiting for the 5G future to become a reality,” said Hans Vestberg, Verizon president of Global Networks and chief technology officer. “We appreciate our strong ecosystem partners for their passion and technological support in helping us drive forward with 5G industry standards, for both fixed and mobile applications. The targeted initial launches we are announcing today will provide a strong framework for accelerating 5G’s future deployment on the global standards.”

Here is a demo of 5G we saw at CES earlier this month:

Dish, AT&T, Charter, T-Mobile, Sprint, and others have all announced plans to roll out 5G home Internet. Dish and others have said that by the end of 2020 they will have half of the United States covered with 5G home Internet.

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50 Responses to Verizon’s New 5G Network Will Bring 1 Gbps Internet to Everyone

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    Me January 23, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    No way you have only 5 markets and yet 1/4 of US household with 5G. Even if you had NY, LA, Chicago, SF and Houston wouldn’t come close to 1/4.

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      NashGuy January 23, 2018 at 12:02 pm #

      Yeah. That “30 million households” figure caught my eye too. Maybe it’s a typo and should be 3 million? That sounds possible for 5 markets.

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        gsuburban January 23, 2018 at 2:31 pm #

        Cell phone accounts are ten times this amount. I’m sure they are accurate with current useage or they would be gambling too much it’s working for everyone.

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          Me January 23, 2018 at 3:42 pm #

          Actually cell phone “customers” are actually devices. If you are one person who has a phone, smartwatch and LTE tablet you are counted as 3 customers. Anyways the US has 126 million households.

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      Marc H January 23, 2018 at 5:34 pm #

      Agreed, I doubt 75 million people will have access to this in 11 months. Hope it works out.

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    Infensus January 23, 2018 at 11:38 am #

    Did they say 5G to everyone, or is that this articles interpretation? I doubt that. They promised FIOS to their entire covered area, and that never happened. Still waiting!

    I don’t trust Verizon – probably looking to milk more tax dollars, and then under-deliver.

    Let’s hear their plans for NJ suburbs, they are already ignoring with FIOS.

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      Kevin Bishop January 23, 2018 at 11:45 am #

      Why wouldn’t Verizon do it? This doesn’t cost a fortune like laying FTTH does. There is profit in this unlike fiber.

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        Infensus January 23, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

        They wouldn’t do it, if the density of the area isn’t within their profit margin. This is how they decided the cutoffs on FIOS.

        Although with FIOS, they made promises to the states that gave them subsidies, and then backed out keeping the money.

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          Me January 23, 2018 at 1:12 pm #

          It won’t make many households to make it profitable.

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            Infensus January 23, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

            5G will roll out from the most densely populated areas, to the least. This way companies can make claims to huge amounts of people, on their 5G networks, compared to competitors.

            Hopefully residential 5G makes use of the same towers and equipment, and can roll-out simultaneously.

            The negative I potentially see happening, is a company like Verizon then asking people to sign up for a family data plan, that has a cap.

            Hopefully residential 5G and mobile 5G are separate.

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            Me January 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

            If it has a cap you don’t like then you’re free to not sign up for service. Speak with your wallet. simple.

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        TexMarque January 23, 2018 at 1:36 pm #

        The initial capital costs are lower than FTTH; that said, Fixed wireless broadband, FWBB, has high initial capital costs: the fiber runs and local wireless tranceivers (aka towers or poles, etc). Depending upon which 5G frequencies that they use, this could become pretty expensive to install in areas with existing high speed internet.

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          Me January 23, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

          This should be a clue

          He also talked about how Verizon is in a good position with its spectrum and the FCC just last week approved (PDF) Verizon’s acquisition of Straight Path, which will provide it with 735 licenses in the 39 GHz band, 133 licenses in the 28 GHz, 29 GHz and 31 GHz bands, as well as nine common carrier point-to-point microwave licenses and one nonexclusive nationwide license in the 3650-3700 MHz band.

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            TexMarque January 23, 2018 at 6:12 pm #

            What is the range of 28, 29 and 39 GHz bands? not far. VZ is going to have to run a lot of local fiber in the urban areas and probably set up a lot of local poles for transceivers. A normal cell tower is for mobile use. This application is for fixed wireless and will have limited users on a full time basis. It still has a high initial capital cost altho it is less expensive than fiber to every address. The competition is planning to do the exact same thing.

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          Kevin Bishop January 23, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

          It’s a fraction of the cost. Updating towers for faster speeds every couple years is dramatically cheaper than trenching to the home. Towers are way cheaper than digging.

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      Me January 23, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

      @disqus_d9aEUEx1tD:disqus then go with another carrier if you don’t trust them. problem solved. No worries for you then.

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        Infensus January 23, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

        Given this response – you didn’t understand my initial post. They aren’t an option as it is!

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          Me January 23, 2018 at 3:39 pm #

          I understand fine. You don’t trust Verizon on this even though you have no reason not to.

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    chenriii January 23, 2018 at 11:46 am #

    Super-fast wireless Internet means nothing if there are still going to be monthly data caps. Mr. Bouma, any indications on that front? Will there be monthly caps? What will they be? By way of illustration, since I cut the cord, my average consumption is 2 tb per month. Since most home providers with data caps impose a 1 tb limit, if my home provider (FIOS) ever imposed a data cap, I’d probably be screwed.

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      Dean G January 23, 2018 at 12:35 pm #

      Nobody knows any of that yet. There are no prices even released yet. How about we let them get the system in place first then I’m sure we’ll know all that.

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        gsuburban January 23, 2018 at 3:56 pm #

        Agreed and the revenue they used to build this new system? Likely it’s 100% funded by the profits from cellular plans. So, if the profits are enough to fund this, are those profits a huge margin or a fair margin of say 15% to 20%? Likely that margin is beyond the 50% mark.

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          Dean G January 23, 2018 at 7:55 pm #

          You do know that your cell phone will be using 5g as well. This system will kill 2 birds with 1 stone.

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      Gene January 23, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

      A major advantage of wireless is that no single company will own the plant/wiring in your neighborhood, meaning ISPs will be competing for your business once it matures. I’d anticipate that you’ll eventually have options with no data caps, guarantees of no throttling, etc.

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        chenriii January 23, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

        Happy to hear that.

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        gsuburban January 23, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

        Agreed…the other FTTH and cable/copper ISP’s will have to compete either with a huge cost discount for existing internet speed packages or build their own WiFi networks knowing they will have to compete at a known fee set by Verizon(wireless). I hope this plan completely cuts the current cost of internet connectivity by 75%. The USA pays the most in the world for internet and has the slowest speeds per dollar.

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      Me January 23, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

      No one has said anything about a cap or what it would be so can we not be negative nancy’s?

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        gsuburban January 23, 2018 at 2:29 pm #

        They can offer caps and data limits in any form however, folks will not buy that service so we’ll have to see how it is offered. Most users hate the way internet is sold in tiers, packages, bundles, caps, speed limits, up speed, down speed etc. It would be best for the people to scrutinize the ISP offers before jumping in at an overpriced and under serviced offer just to have it or try it. There has to be value in this or this kind of technology wouldn’t be offered. The ISP is saving billions of dollars by going wireless and keep in mind, WiFi isn’t as reliable as “wired” connectivity.

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          Me January 23, 2018 at 3:38 pm #

          Well when it rolls out to Sacramento in about 6-9 months we’ll see won’t we. i just don’t get why people automatically assume caps and low caps at that. Some people just have natural negative mindset I guess.

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            gsuburban January 23, 2018 at 3:52 pm #

            Most negativity is generated by the ISP’s in the form of bundled offers, tiers and so forth. No one understands how a single internet package is more expensive on it’s own than with TV and Phone. Even in reverse, those with a 3 play plan, decides to eliminate one service and the price goes up for the remaining two or one.

            Data is data…ISP’s are the last mile connection and nothing more and shouldn’t be marketing the connection to death with other services not related to internet. They restrict one service to another just like cable or satellite TV plans, “150 channels” for X dollars and “no, we will choose the channels” and in “tiers” based on how the owners of the content want to sell it. This arrangement is why lots of folks are cutting the cord and using OTA antennas for free if they can obtain the signals because the HD quality is the same and loaded with the same commercials/ads. When folks pay for TV or a service, the “pay” idea was to eliminate ads for commercial free content. That is how HBO got started and became a big “pay TV” name in their early days as their subscribers wanted no ads in exchange for the money. That now doesn’t exist plus the ads are all back while paying 10+ times what it was.

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            Me January 23, 2018 at 4:15 pm #

            You do get that TV providers don’t get a say in what channels are offered or how much they cost. If Disney says to a pay tv operator they must include ESPN and must pay $8 for it or else they don’t get access to the Disney Channel well they have to offer it and pay up or lose customers than want Disney channel.

            As far as saying ISPs must be dumb pipes well you’ll have fewer choices if that ever was a law. ISPs are business. Businesses operate to make a profit. they aren’t charities

            As far as HBO, notice that cost $15 a month or ONE channel. So you want 100% commercial free TV be prepared to pay $500 a monthh

            As far as the actual topic when you strayed from. ISP in the populated ares either have no caps or caps of 1 TB if verizon offers this in those areas with low caps then no one will buy it. If they offer it in rural areas people still have satellite as an option d they are moving towards unlimited plans too.

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            Marc H January 23, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

            A lot of people don’y come anywhere near 1 TB, so the speed will be the deciding factor.

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            Dean G January 24, 2018 at 9:11 am #

            That actually was not why or how HBO started at all. It had zero whatsoever to do with commercials. Do you even know what HBO originally stood for? Do you even know how they got into airing sports in the beginning? Clearly you don’t because you think it’s all about commercials. SMH

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        Tracy Griffin January 23, 2018 at 3:58 pm #

        Anymore these days I listen to what the big internet/telecoms don’t tell you up front. It usually means they are not offering certain items and will gouge customers later.

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    LMan January 23, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

    They have big plans for 2018. A Verizon streaming TV service,and 1GB wireless to the house. It will be interesting to see if they pull either one of them off. Verizon has good ideas and lousy execution. Read the fine print before you sign up.

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      Me January 23, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

      lousy execution? only the largest wireless network. Such lousy execution.

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      SanityChecker January 23, 2018 at 2:59 pm #

      Is good capacity but they’ll probably still be stingy with caps.

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        Me January 23, 2018 at 3:37 pm #


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          SanityChecker January 23, 2018 at 5:06 pm #

          I said ‘probably’ not ‘will’, there’s nothing to prove… but it won’t be surprising if stingy based on current wireless caps.

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            Marc H January 23, 2018 at 5:26 pm #

            Agreed, they have to make money somehow.

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            Rocksleeper January 23, 2018 at 5:30 pm #

            How are they going to make money if they aren’t competitive with other ISP’s in the area that have no data caps… Or at least very generous ones? Why would anyone sign up with an ISP with stingy data caps?

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            Marc H January 26, 2018 at 3:28 am #

            Not everyone considers data caps. Speed is more important to them.

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            Ralph Mack January 26, 2018 at 8:01 am #

            I think your wrong There(my Opinion)If You stream Data Caps are important

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            Marc H January 27, 2018 at 8:19 pm #

            The majority of people have not cord cut, they won’t have a problem with a 1TB cap. I think it’s at least 3 to 1 still. So that’s their target.

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            Rocksleeper January 27, 2018 at 8:28 pm #

            A “1 TB cap” is not “stingy”. That’s a fairly generous cap.

            I believe the original poster was talking about normal cell phone data caps… like 10-50 GB.

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            Marc H January 27, 2018 at 8:20 pm #

            Because the majority pf people don’t use that much. This will change over time, but it’s a fact for now.

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            Rocksleeper January 23, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

            This is supposed to be direct competition for cable and dsl ISPs. They won’t be very competitive if they put stingy data caps…. So I highly doubt it.

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    gsuburban January 23, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

    Anyone have an idea of the cost of this for a single account?

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      Me January 23, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

      No one knows until it rolls out alter this year. The people in trials are getting this for free.

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      NashGuy January 24, 2018 at 12:53 pm #

      The only similar service that’s currently on the market (pre-standard 5G fixed wireless home broadband) is from a small start-up called Starry. They’re in a couple cities now and have announced they will expand to several more this year. They’re offering symmetrical 200 Mbps service with no data cap and all equipment included for $50/mo.

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    Ralph Mack January 26, 2018 at 7:59 am #

    It would Be Great If I knew The Data cap before spending money