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article imageVerizon announces 5G connectivity is coming to California in 2018

By James Walker     Dec 1, 2017 in Technology
Verizon has announced it will rollout 5G broadband to select areas in 2018. The company is determined to lead the charge towards 5G connectivity amid competition from industry rivals. Verizon's first service will be a 5G-powered home broadband connection.
AT&T is also trialling 5G technology and has announced plans to roll it out across the U.S. by the end of 2018. Verizon's now preparing its own entry into the market with its first consumer 5G network. Although it's not the mobile service smartphone users are waiting for, the provider's upcoming 5G wireless broadband plan will provide a testing ground for real-world use of the technology.
Millimetre wave broadband
Verizon said the rollout is intended to be a "first application" of 5G wireless infrastructure. It will provide homes with a dependable Internet connection using wireless signals, instead of copper and fibre cables that require ground installation. The increased bandwidth and resilience of 5G over standards such as 4G LTE makes it more suited to delivering broadband connections.
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Verizon said it's "confident" in its technology. It has tested networks using 5G millimetre-waves in 11 residential areas during the past year. The commercial launch will help it to demonstrate its commitment towards making the technology mainstream across the country. It said its 5G broadband service could eventually connect 30 million homes nationwide.
"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."
Low latency wireless
5G will offer considerable benefits over previous wireless technologies. The difference will be particularly noticeable when streaming high-quality media, using immersive applications or connecting to IoT devices.
5G also has much lower latency than 4G LTE, making it feel as responsive as regular broadband connections into the home. Besides offering an improved experience to millions of smartphone users, it will also help people in rural areas to access a high-performance home Internet connection.
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Verizon's network will initially be available to residents of Sacramento, California. It's due to launch in the second half of 2018 and will be followed by similar targeted deployments in other residential areas. There's no indication yet of when Verizon will be ready to turn on a nationwide 5G network that's available to mobile users, but today's news brings the day a little closer.
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