5 things to know about Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband launching Oct 1

Verizon's 5G Home internet and TV service launches October 1st

Verizon's 5G Home internet and TV service launches October 1st

Verizon is offering some additional perks to initial 5G Home customers if that $50 to $70 monthly price tag is giving you pause.

Verizon Communications Inc. said late Tuesday it plans to offer the next generation of wireless technology to customers beginning in October.

Verizon in the United States has unveiled Verizon 5G Home, which it calls a world-first. First on 5G members will also receive free professional installation and setup of all Wi-Fi devices, a free router, and router upgrades in 2019. It will be made available in parts of LA, Sacramento, Indianapolis and Houston 1 October, presumably targeted at people whose fixed broadband is sufficiently rubbish for them to give FWA over millimetre wave a go.

"Typical" download speeds will be around 300Mbps, and the max speed of almost 1Gbps will be available "depending on location", Verizon said.

5G Home Service, brought to us by Verizon, uses next-gen wireless technology to offer home internet service with a cable or fiber hookup.

A major challenge for Verizon and the other wireless carriers is that high-frequency 5G radio signals are easily disrupted by rain and foliage.

France opens probe of knife attack; no apparent terror tie
There have been several knife attacks in France over the past few months, but few have resulted in terrorist investigations. Police and ambulance crews arrived on the scene shortly afterwards, witnesses said, and the man was taken into custody.

It's also worth noting that Verizon is going after cable companies in those four cities that have nearly finished their own 1 Gbps build-outs. The provider's eleven pre-industrial 5G trial networks - in Sacramento; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas and Houston, Texas; Miami, Florida; Seattle, Washington; Washington DC; Bernardsville, Fresh Jersey; Brockton, Massachusetts; and Denver, Colorado - bear been deployed during 2017.

Unlike conventional cable services, Verizon won't offer a TV subscription. Taxes and fees are included in that rate, and there's no annual contract.

Verizon said customers of the new service, Verizon 5G Home, "should expect typical network speeds around 300 Mbps and, depending on location, peak speeds of almost 1 Gbps, with no data caps". There are no data caps with Verizon 5G Home.

5G is the evolution of the wireless 4G LTE technology that most of us use on our smartphones.

In May, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said that the company would begin rolling out its 5G network by the end of 2018.

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