Verizon launches 5G home Internet with 300Mbps speeds

Verizon's 5G Home internet and TV service launches October 1st

Verizon said it will start installations of its 5G home-broadband service on October 1, in what the company says will be the world's first 5G commercial service.

"Typical" download speeds will be around 300Mbps, and the max speed of almost 1Gbps will be available "depending on location", Verizon said. Once this happens, it will become the first commercial 5G service to launch in both the U.S. and in the world.

The availability of the new Verizon 5G Home service will be limited to only four cities at launch: Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento.

First adopters will be able to receive fixed broadband internet service for three months at no charge.

The 5G service will cost existing Verizon subscribers $50 a month, and $70 a month for non-carrier customers. Those prices included taxes and fees, plus there are no annual contracts for 5G Home. "There are no additional hardware costs". Verizon is also offering three months of YouTube TV to subscribers. You can begin signing up for the service tomorrow. It will initially only be available in a few cities and will go live from 1 October 2018.

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Yesterday Verizon announced that they will be expanding their 5G labs to Los Angeles, Washington DC, Palo Alto, California, and Waltham, Massachusetts.

Verizon spokesman John O'Malley said typical 5G network speeds average 300 megabits per second, which Verizon's website says is fast enough to download an iTunes update in 7 seconds, whereas 4G LTE speeds range between 5 to 12 megabits per second.

"Verizon 5G Home is ideal for consumers looking to "cut the cord" or upgrade from their current cable service", the company said. We also asked Verizon for the service's upload speeds and information about what equipment will be used in the home.

Verizon's wireless network already has the highest utilization rate among 80 mobile operators worldwide, according to a new study by Rewheel Research. There are no data caps with Verizon 5G Home.

Launching a 5G broadband service has been part of Verizon's 5G roll-out for a while, as the carrier gears up toward launching its 5G mobile network next year.

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