After successful trials of 5G in 11 markets across the United States, Verizon announced that it will roll-out it’s next generation network in Sacramento, California in the second half of 2018. The company plans to launch 5G in between three and five cities next year.
“As a first application of fifth-generation – or 5G — wireless, these services will use radio signals, rather than copper or fiber cables, to provide customers with unprecedented wireless speeds for Internet access,” a press release explained. “As 5G continues to evolve, customers will benefit from a wide array of services – including broadband, mobile and IoT (Internet of things) — and the necessary bandwidth and low latency for 3D and virtual reality applications.”
Relying on millimeter-wave spectrum, Verizon estimates roughly 30 million households nationwide will be served by the initial deployment of 5G residential broadband.
“This is a landmark announcement for customers and investors who have been waiting for the 5G future to become a reality,” said Hans Vestberg, Verizon president of Global Networks and Chief Technology Officer. “We appreciate our strong ecosystem partners for their passion and technological support in helping us drive forward with 5G industry standards, for both fixed and mobile applications. The targeted initial launches we are announcing today will provide a strong framework for accelerating 5G’s future deployment on the global standards.”
According to Business Insider, Verizon’s new roll-out could have groundbreaking competitive implications for the home broadband market. “Wireless home internet service has potentially big benefits for consumers. Consumers typically have their choice of just one or two wired broadband providers. By contrast, they usually have far more choices when it comes to wireless providers. So, assuming wireless internet access can offer similar speed and reliability in the home as wired connections, it could bring with it more competition, which could lead to better prices and improved performance.”
Additional details on the roll-out, as well as the other cities Verizon intends for 5G deployment in 2018, will be announced at a later date. For now, consumers can expect changes in the communications landscape as 5G officially comes to market.