Verizon 5G Home Service Launches Oct. 1: Here's All the Details

Nichole VegaSep 13, 2018

Keeping true to the promises it made back in November of a year ago, Verizon has confirmed that its first 5G broadband internet service will go live in just a matter of weeks. If you are in a supported area, Verizon says your 5G service should run reliably at 300Mbps but can reach speeds of nearly 1 Gbps when network congestion is low.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg said in a press release 5G service will "expand digital access for underserved communities and boost the city's efforts to establish itself as a center for autonomous vehicle testing". You can begin signing up for the service tomorrow. In short, Verizon 5G Home customers should typically expect extremely fast internet speeds. It's unclear if those are just download speeds or both up and down.

For this, users receive uncapped data usage at speeds of around 300Mbps - with peak speeds of close to 1Gbps. Thus, the 5G home internet offering will run on a proprietary version of the standard.

Verizon plans to charge $50 per month if you already have Verizon wireless phone service.

The effects of high-speed 5G go beyond homes.

Verizon's 5G operates on millimeter wave spectrum - Verizon's slice of the airwaves is around 28GHz. Verizon Wireless customers will also get early purchasing access to 5G smartphones when they become available. Everyone else pays $70 per month.

"To deliver the full potential of 5G, a wireless network provider must have three fundamental assets: deep fibre resources, a large deployment of small cells and critical spectrum holdings - that's Ultra Wideband", said Kyle Malady, Verizon's CTO. This is as much about promoting its 5G network as it is about selling people 5G home internet. A complimentary three-month package for YouTube TV and a free Apple TV 4K or Google Chromecast Ultra are also included in the early bird bundle.

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