Verizon to Launch 5G Residential Wireless Services
Verizon plans to launch residential 5G wireless services in U.S. to provide 10 to 100 times faster internet services with the use of millimeter-wave spectrum technology.
Verizon – an American telecommunications company, which offers wireless products and services – announced on November 29, 2017, the launch of 5G residential broadband services in five cities in the U.S. by 2018. The rollout will start from Sacramento, California, in the second half of 2018. The novel technology is expected to be 10 to 100 times faster than Verizon’s currently speediest cellular services.
“Verizon estimates the market opportunity for initial 5G residential broadband services to be approximately 30 million households nationwide,” the company said.
Residential 5G services will use radio signals, rather than fiber or copper cables, to provide customers an unprecedented speed for internet access. However, the continuous evolution of 5G services will provide customers a wide array of services, which include mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), and broadband. These services is expected to provide necessary bandwidth and low latency for virtual reality applications. Moreover, 5G services has low potential to improve time-sensitive tasks such as action gaming and multi-user VR.
Verizon has completed trials of the technology in around 11 markets in the U.S. in 2017. Verizon said the launch was made possible by its confidence in new technology powered by millimeter-wave spectrum, which has very high frequencies that can carry huge amounts of data and transfer signals with least delay.
“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.”
Verizon is not the only company looking forward to the development of new technologies. AT&T has already tested 5G as a broadband replacement in an Intel office in Austin, Texas, and has tested its DirecTV Now video service over 5G.
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