Verizon took the wraps off its 5G-branded fixed wireless internet service, unveiling the service's target market, pricing and launch details. Verizon and others have been laying the foundation of 5G networks for some time.
"Verizon 5G Home is ideal for consumers looking to "cut the cord" or upgrade from their current cable service".
The 5G service makes use of Verizon's "ultra wideband" network utilising the company's small cells, fibre backbone, and millimetre-wave (mmWave) spectrum. In its 5G Home announcement Verizon said it expects to be the first carrier to offer 5G mobile service, though its rivals may have something to say about that. There are "no data caps" either.
Installation and a free router is also included, along with router upgrades when they become available in 2019. The freebies don't stop there, though, as Verizon is also giving early 5G adopters three free months of YouTube TV as well as their choice of a free Chromecast or Apple TV.
Verizon is offering some additional perks to initial 5G Home customers if that $50 to $70 monthly price tag is giving you pause.
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".
Verizon has been additionally improving its LTE networks, in October adding Massive Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (Massive MIMO) technology across its wireless network in Irvine, California, increasing network capacity and speeds for customers in partnership with Ericsson.