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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