Verizon will begin installations of first 5G home internet service on October 1stSeptember 11, 2018
Verizon’s 5G broadband internet service will go live later this fall, with installations starting on October 1st in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, the company announced today. This marks the first 5G commercial service to launch in the US, and it sees Verizon make good on its promise to do so in November 2017.
This isn’t true mobile 5G, which will be the more impactful rollout of the new internet speed standard that was finalized last December when all networks and phone manufacturers support it. But theoretically, it should bring faster broadband speeds for home internet that are on par with, or at least in the range of, gigabit fiber networks. It also helps Verizon in its rollout of mobile 5G in the future, which will involve a dizzying number of different technologies, hardware, and partnerships to get off the ground.
Verizon hasn’t announced any concrete details about the service. We know customers in those select metro areas can sign up for it starting on September 13th, but we don’t know when it will go live after the appropriate hardware is installed on October 1st. We also don’t know the range of internet speed customers will be able to get or how much the whole package will cost.