Verizon to provide pre-commercial 5G service to customers in 11 markets by the middle of this year

Verizon to provide pre-commercial 5G service to customers in 11 markets by the middle of this year
Verizon, eager to take the lead in what promises to be a very competitive rollout of 5G service, announced today that it will provide pre-commercial 5G wireless connectivity to "select" customers in 11 markets. This will take place sometime in the first half of 2017. The markets involved include: Ann Arbor , Atlanta , Bernardsville (NJ), Brockton (MA), Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Verizon says that it's 5G Technology Forum partners are working on commercializing chipsets, infrastructure and consumer devices that will meet the 5GTF specifications. Companies like Ericsson, Intel, Qualcomm and Samsung are making chipsets available that help 5G become a reality. As it did with 4G LTE and 3G, Verizon is looking to become the first of the four major U.S. carriers to offer the next generation of wireless communications on a nationwide basis, Big Red calls this its "network legacy."


All four of the major stateside wireless operators have been engaged in testing 5G, with most expecting to offer the new service by 2020. Verizon's timetable has been more ambitious than its rivals when it comes to launching 5G in the U.S.

source: Verizon

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14 Comments

2. applesnapple93

Posts: 335; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

I knew there was a catch to their new unlimited plan... should've stuck with my grandfathered. In the fine print it says 4G LTE devices required. I promise 5G access will be limited on their new unlimited plan if it even has any access at all...

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's as good catch there... Verizon's shenanigan at work!

4. libra89

Posts: 2313; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That sucks. :(

6. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

4G is good enough for now. The only one who will benefit from 5G is Verizon, because you will burn through your data a lot faster.

12. jphillips63

Posts: 253; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Please explain how faster service uses more data? If you download a 10 meg file whether it's on 4G or 5G it's still 10 megs. The only difference is you'll get it downloaded quicker. You guys that thinks faster internet yields more data used are fools. The only way you use more data is if you do just that use more data. It's simple math.

9. patroni0

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

this is EXACTLY what first went through my mind, because we had unlimited with 3G and then when 4G LTE dropped, unlimited went away, now it's here again and with 5G they'll probably take it away agai smh

5. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Don't trust them no further then I can throw a semi truck. Crooked to the core.

8. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Question is: is the semi truck on neutral or is it on park? Is the surface flat, slanted (downhill) or has a slope (uphill)?

7. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

So before 5G is even defined by the telecommunications industry they want to say they will deploy it this year, just wow Verizon am amazed at the bold lies. Worst part? Some people will actually think it's true.

11. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

30-50X speed of LTE-A , that should be a significant speed enhancement. The same thing they did with '4G' definition. it was a significant speed difference from 3g to what they call 4G. So LTE and LTE-A are allowed to be labeled as 4G, even though they technically are not. Remember the whole 4G definition issue?

14. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

That only happened in America where hspa and hspa+ were all of the sudden considered 4G when in reality they were 3.5 and 3.75 G. Verizon never lied about 4G due to their technology, they were only allowed to have 4G since you can't enhance CDMA. So I guess because they're American they can get away with calling LTE-A +backhaul 5G, but in all seriousness, 5G is yet to be defined.

10. djcody

Posts: 236; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

What phone is working on 5G? I don't think anyone one yet bean anounced.

13. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

It's easy 4G LTE is unlimited. 5G will be tiered data. It's that easy...

15. azuleyez

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

Hey here's a great idea Verizon. How about you work on boosting capacity and speed of your EXISTING network in areas where congestion renders my brand new, shiny iPhone 7 Plus virtually unusable FIRST before moving onto new projects? Should have never left AT&T.

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