First 5G Network In The World Goes Live
We are already in the future. Verizon has launched the first 5G network yesterday, starting with cities in the United States. The current network will deliver extremely fast Internet to subscribersâ€™ home wirelessly.
The 5G Home router is expected deliver â€œabout 300Mbpsâ€ to houses in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento. One Clayton Harris of Houston gets the bragging rights of being the first 5G customer in the world.
Mr. Harris and others that became â€œFirst on 5Gâ€ members are looking at a price of $50 a month (if they have a Verizon phone plan) or $70 a month (if they donâ€™t). That is after the free three month promo period runs out.
This is definitely bring an heaven on earth for first set of subscribers as they will get a free Apple TV 4K or Google Chromecast Ultra on which they can watch YouTube TV (again for free). The router will be installed by Verizon experts, in order to ensure full Wi-Fi coverage of your home, introducing extenders if needed.
If that tastes sweet, simply head to FirstOn5G.com to see if you join the party.
The telecom operator claims to have beaten it competitors in market thanks to the Verizon 5G Technology Forum â€“ a partnership between Verizon, Cisco, Ericsson, Intel, LG, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung that started in 2015. Together the companies thrived in delivering a solution before the 5G NR standard is complete (under development by the 3GPP). Verizon will upgrade your router free of charge once hardware using the global standard is available.
Again, this is a fixed wireless access solution â€“ it replaces the broadband cabling coming to your home. 5G-enabled phones are on the way too, those will be made available to First on 5G members before other users.