Verizon has announced the start of the first commercial 5G network worldwide. Verizon’s 5G Home network, providing 5G broadband internet service, went offiicially live on 1 October 2018 for consumers in parts of Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento.
Built on the Verizon-led open 5G TF network standard, Verizon calls its 5G Home the next generation of home broadband internet service that provides super-fast Wi-Fi.
“The world’s first commercial 5G service is here,” said Ronan Dunne, President, Verizon Wireless. “We’ve formed incredible partnerships with many of the world’s leading technology companies, the international technical standards bodies, public officials, developers and our own customers to drive the 5G ecosystem forward, faster than most had predicted. And now, actual customers. It’s been an incredible journey…and we’re just at the starting line.”
Verizon states that it was able to launch 5G in these first four cities because of forward-looking state policy and local leaders who embraced innovation and developed a strategic vision for how 5G could be a platform to attract new investment, businesses and next generation services for residents.
Versizon combines its new service with substantial content benefits: Early adopters of the new technology will not only get exclusive perks including 5G Home service free for the first three months (after that introductory period, Verizon Wireless customers with a qualifying smartphone plan will pay $50 per month for the service, while non-Verizon Wireless customers will pay $70 per month), free white glove installation and equipment, and early access to new services, including 5G mobility. 5G Home customers will also get YouTube TV free for the first three months and a free Apple TV 4K or Google Chromecast Ultra device at installation.