Verizon launching 5G wireless broadband in 2018, first up is Sacramento

Verizon launching 5G broadband in 2018, first up is Sacramento
Rejoice, fans of Fast and Furious! Verizon just messaged us that, come 2018, it will usher us in the 5G era, meaning increased speeds and throughput in those areas where coverage is served. In a five-to-go-5 move, there will be up to 5 markets being blessed with 5G across America in the second half of next year, and the winner is... Sacramento, CA, which will go live first.

Verizon has been testing 5G residential broadband in 11 American cities for a good while, and the service is apparently ready for prime time. The carrier is starting with residential broadband as the most cost-effective way to provide the populace with broadband Internet and the accompanying services without having to lay miles of optic or other cables, yet provide comparable speeds. 

It has estimated the potential market to be about 30 million households in total, and may shoot a few birds with one stone, covering underserved areas with broadband as required by the regulators, testing the 5G future, and being at the forefront of network technology. Verizon will be spending no less than $18 billion over the course of a few years to upgrade its network to the next big thing, so these initial test markets will be important for a wider rollout to proceed in a smooth manner. The other carriers might follow through, so next year is shaping up to be interesting not only on the smartphone hardware side of things.

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