Verizon Plans to Use 5G for Residential Broadband In 2018
Verizon Wireless today said it will launch 5G service next year in up to five markets around the country. Rather than provide wireless service, however, the 5G will be offered to residential customers as an alternative to copper or fiber for in-home broadband. Verizon has been testing this service in 11 markets so far this year and will kick off 5G residential broadband service in Sacramento, Calif., during the second half of 2018. Verizon didn't name the other markets. The service will rely on millimeter wave spectrum and technology. The move will help Verizon avoid the cost of deploying wired broadband to these markets. Verizon and its competitors are racing to develop 5G wireless technology for mobile devices and most plan limited launches in the 2019 timeframe.
AT&T Throwing 5G Tech at the Wall to See What Sticks
Jan 31, 2017
AT&T today said it plans to test a wide variety of potential 5G technologies throughout the year as it evolves from 4G LTE to next-generation mobile broadband. For example, the company intends to kick off field trials of AirGig later this year.
Google's Fiber Phone Bridges Home and Mobile Service
Mar 29, 2016
Google today announced the Fiber Phone, a home-phone service for its Google Fiber internet customers. The service includes unlimited nationwide calling, caller ID, voicemail, privacy controls, spam filtering, and do-not-disturb tools.
Sprint Says It Will Offer Nationwide 5G By Mid-2019
Feb 2, 2018
Sprint will use its 2.5 GHz spectrum holdings to provide the backbone for its planned 5G network, which is on deck to go live during the first half of 2019. The company is already hard at work on what it calls its Next-Gen Network.
AT&T Targets Late 2018 for Consumer Mobile 5G Launch
Jan 4, 2018
AT&T today said it expects to launch commercial mobile 5G service in a dozen markets by late 2018. The company claims it will be the first U.S.
T-Mobile to Deploy 5G On 600 MHz Spectrum Starting in 2019
May 2, 2017
T-Mobile today said it plans to use some of its recently acquired 600 MHz spectrum to support a future 5G network. The company successfully won an average of 31 MHz (ranging between 20 MHz and 50 MHz) of the 70 MHz low-band spectrum auctioned off by TV stations and the FCC earlier this year.
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