How to sign up for Verizon’s 5G home internet service

Sep 14, 2018, 19:02
How to sign up for Verizon’s 5G home internet service

And the results are uninspiring, to say the least.

Verizon is in a race with AT&T Inc.to introduce the first 5G wireless service - a standard that promises connection speeds between 10 and 100 times faster than today's cable.

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Analysts do not know the reason why Verizon is calling 5G for another broadband plan.

Unlike traditional home broadband service, Verizon 5G Home Internet operates on Verizon's 5G mobile network (clue's in the name). The company even showed off a prototype device a year ago along those lines. The company said Tuesday that it's rolling out 5G Home with its own proprietary standards as some of the industry-wide technical standards are still being worked out. Verizon had in February also launched making the first over-the-air name on 5G utilizing mmWave spectrum, Nokia equipment, and a prototype instrument from Qualcomm.

Samsung has supplied FCC-certified 5G solutions, including 5G home and outdoor router, 5G Radio (Access Unit, Digital Unit-integrated type), and virtualized radio solutions to Verizon, said Magnus Ojert, vice president, Networks Division, Samsung Electronics America.

But that's not the speed that Verizon is now promising. The carrier says to expect typical speeds of around 300 Mbps with no data caps.

The even longer-term use case for 5G will be in connected cars, which will need instant communication capabilities as more connectedness is added to vehicles.

Customers will also get three free months of YouTube TV and a free Apple TV 4K or Google Chromecast Ultra, Verizon said.

The effects of high-speed 5G go beyond homes. They will also be first in line to purchase new 5G mobile devices as soon as they come to market.

With that in mind, the announcement by Verizon still remains an important one.

If you live in one of the aforementioned cities, you can sign up for this service starting Thursday, September 13, through a dedicated website: FirstOn5G.com.

That's because, way back in 2015, Verizon chose to team up with Ericsson, Qualcomm, Intel and Samsung to create the 5G Technology Forum (5GTF) to create its own proprietary standard for transmissions in millimeter-wave spectrum. The labs will birth by the waste of 2018, and is probably going to be kitted out with dwell 5G networks to back startups, universities, and tech companies to collaborate with Verizon. Verizon is fighting with AT&T in the mobile space with AT&T claiming to begin service across 12 United States cities using mobile hotspot instead of actual devices.

Early users of the service in those four cities will get it for free for the first three months.

5G is already the most over-hyped thing since the Y2K bug so Verizon seems to have made a decision to just ride the wave.

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