The moment everyone has been anticipating for quite a while now has finally arrived. The “world’s very first commercial 5G network” is officially live now.
Verizon’s 5G Home network, with 5G broadband internet service, is officially live for users in parts of Indianapolis, LA, Houston, and Sacramento. A resident of Houston, Clayton Harris, became the first 5G customer in the world.
While the first 5G-enabled smartphones might still be a few months away, this is definitely a shining moment for Verizon.
Based on the Verizon-led open 5G TF network standard, Verizon 5G Home is going to be the next generation of home broadband internet services that provide speedy Wi-Fi.
“The world’s first commercial 5G service is here,” said the President of Verizon Wireless, Ronan Dunne. “We’ve formed incredible partnerships with many of the world’s leading technology companies, the international technical standards bodies, public officials, developers and our own customers to drive the 5G ecosystem forward, faster than most had predicted. And now, actual customers. It’s been an incredible journey…and we’re just at the starting line.”
Verizon was able to launch the revolutionary 5G in the aforementioned four cities because of the forward-looking state policy and locals who embraced the innovation and developed a strategic infrastructure on how the 5G could be used as a platform to attract more investment and businesses for its residents.
Verizon has been a pioneer in the industry with their precise focus on providing 5G service to consumers as soon as possible. Their 5G Home service is built on the Verizon-led open 5G TF network standard; thus ensuring excellent results. A 5G network will, of course, be faster than waiting for the usual 3GPP 5G NR standard to be assimilated into network equipment, chipsets, devices and software. They have plans to expand the 5G broadband internet coverage area quickly after new network equipment is available and bring the 5G to other cities.
Members are getting free service for 90 days, complimentary Apple TV 4K or Google Chromecast Ultra, not to mention three months of YouTube TV access at no charge for being the lucky “First on 5G”
It will, of course, take years for the full potential of 5G to peak in terms of both speed and coverage. At the moment, Verizon can only deliver 5G Home speeds of 300 Mbps, included with a few exclusive perks to convince users it’s worth the upgrade.