Verizon Expands Their 5G Testing to Four New Towns

Yolanda Curtis
September 13, 2018

Verizon says it will be the first in the U.S. to offer 5G services, with the carrier adding Indianapolis to its rollout alongside Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Houston.

The service will be available for order starting Thursday, September 13, in "certain neighborhoods" in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento.


There is a tiny asterisk, if you ask some critics. While the home Internet service uses multiple spectrum bands, Verizon said it is heavily dependent on millimeter wave frequencies, "the only spectrum with the bandwidth to realize the full 5G potential for capacity, throughput and latency".

Verizon 5G Home subscribers also get first dibs on purchasing new 5G mobile devices when they hit the market.


Go to Firston5G.com and type in your address. You'll get three free months of the YouTube TV streaming service that normally costs $40 a month. The monthly fee seems fair: US$50 for existing Verizon customers and US$70 for new customers. Service speeds "should" fall around 300Mbps and may range up to 1Gbps, though that depends on the subscriber's location; there's no data caps. Verizon Wireless customers will also get early purchasing access to 5G smartphones when they become available. Those who thought this was nothing more but marketing mumbo-jumbo will have to rethink that because the United States carrier has just announced its 5G Home internet service that will go live on the first day of October. The company plans to "rapidly expand" Verizon 5G Home coverage, but doing so will require it to install new equipment from vendors.

First adopters will be able to receive fixed broadband internet service for three months at no charge.


The labs will launch by the end of 2018, and will be kitted out with live 5G networks to help startups, universities, and tech companies to collaborate with Verizon.

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