Verizon announced today that it has turned on its 5G wireless network in Chicago and Minneapolis – two of the first markets in the world to receive this next-gen network. Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg told CNBC that the company will activate 30 additional markets this year. From a report: Vestberg added that Verizon is unlikely to see any impact on revenue from people who upgrade to new 5G phones until around 2021. This network complements Verizon’s existing “5G Home” service which launched in October in select areas and is a wireless alternative to a traditional cable-based home internet connection, but does not work far beyond the walls of your home.
Verizon said the wireless network will give customers access to peak speeds up to 1 Gbps. That’s about 10 times faster than you might traditionally find on the LTE connection you have now. Put plainly: You’ll be able to download movies in seconds instead of minutes. Only a select number of phones will support the network at first. Samsung will launch a Galaxy S10 5G model later this quarter that will be exclusive to Verizon to start. AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint will begin to sell it in the second half of the year. That leaves the Motorola Z3 as the only phone that supports Verizon’s new 5G network right now, and it requires a separate accessory to work on it.