MWCA: Verizon 5G Home coming to more cities

Verizon's 5G Home service will be launching in many more cities, Verizon chief network engineering officer and head of wireless networks Nicki Palmer has told ZDNet, with the carrier showing off its "ultra wideband" network.

Speaking with ZDNet during Mobile World Congress Americas (MWCA) in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Palmer said a 5G mobile service will "follow quickly".

"We said we'd be first and we were first," she said, adding that Verizon's millimetre-wave (mmWave) spectrum holdings in the 28GHz and 39GHz bands means its network "can deliver the real promise of 5G".

"We've got a lot of spectrum in a lot of places."

According to Palmer, the 5G Home launch in October will enable Verizon to leverage its existing "loyal" mobile customer base -- which she said has the lowest churn in the industry -- and provide them with an alternative to the one or two cable companies they have to choose from for their home broadband connections.

The service will provide typical network speeds of 300Mbps and peak speeds of 1Gbps, with no data cap and no annual contract required, making it a viable option over cable.

Verizon 5G Home also comes with free installation and set-up of all Wi-Fi devices; a free router and router software upgrades during 2019; first access to 5G mobile devices as they become available; and a "dedicated 5G expert" to support the service.

Palmer said Verizon chose Sacramento, Los Angeles, Houston, and Indianapolis for its initial 5G launch because those cities ....

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