Verizon 5G Home will be available starting October 1 in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento, though not everyone in these cities will be able to get access to this home internet service. Verizon will provide the service free to early adapters for three months. If you are not now a Verizon Wireless customer, your monthly outlay increases to $70 per month. Those prices include taxes and fees, and the service does not require an annual contract. In addition, Verizon will install the necessary hardware for free. Verizon is also throwing in three free months of YouTube TV (regularly $40 per month), plus a free Apple TV 4K or Chromecast. Instead, as we've previously stated, Verizon 5G Home is strictly for residential internet connectivity. "We will deliver a revolutionary 5G experience that will change how people live, work and play". We also asked Verizon for the service's upload speeds and information about what equipment will be used in the home. While the home Internet service uses multiple spectrum bands, Verizon said it is heavily dependent on millimeter wave frequencies, "the only spectrum with the bandwidth to realize the full 5G potential for capacity, throughput and latency".
Customers can purchase "new 5G mobile devices as soon as they hit the market", Verizon said. "Verizon was the operator with the highest yearly average capacity utilization of 57 percent in 2017", while most carriers were below 20 percent and the USA average was 33 percent, the research group said.
The news follows Verizon earlier this week announcing that it will be expanding its 5G Labs to four new locations across the United States, with its New York City 5G Lab to focus on media and finance tech; the Los Angeles lab on augmented reality (AR) and holograms; the Washington DC lab on public safety, first responders, cybersecurity, and hospitality tech; the Palo Alto lab on emerging technologies, education, and big data; and its Waltham, Massachusetts, lab on robotics, healthcare, and real-time enterprise services.
Verizon's 5G mobile service hasn't launched yet. Because of the nature of 5G, only parts of the cities will have 5G-enabled towers at launch.