Verizon has thrown its hat into the 5G data revolution in full force, now listing both Sacramento, California and Los Angeles, California as two of four cities that will receive 5G data connectivity before the end of 2018. These are two of four cities that Verizon plans to bring coverage to this year, with the other two cities remaining a mystery thus far. It doesn’t mean that you’ll see miraculous speed increases on your mobile phone just yet, though.
According to TechCrunch, Verizon plans to introduce 5G as a home networking service, catering to static wireless applications first. This means Verizon will be able to provide home internet at 5G speeds without running cables. You’ll receive a wireless router that connects to various cell towers via a cellular connection. According to Verizon, the company plans to have 1,000 cellular sites in place, all of which will be supplied with data from at least 36 million miles of fiber. The company claims it will have “hundreds of megahertz” of bandwidth when it launches its 5G data services.
So, when can you expect to see 5G data speeds hitting your mobile phone? Well, Verizon says that wireless customers could see 5G in the first three months of 2018. But, it’s not all that simple, either. There are zero 5G capable phones on the market right now. That means, if you want to be one of the first with 5G mobile data, you’ll need to upgrade to a new handset. Furthermore, it’ll only be available in a few select cities, so unless you live smack dab in the middle of the city, you’re better off waiting.
You should also remember that, while Verizon’s 5G home networking services may work well at launch, that doesn’t mean mobile data delivery will be fantastic at first. If the launch of 4G data is any indicator, 5G mobile data will have some serious issues in the beginning. When 4G was launched in major cities, getting a true 4G connection was difficult, with it only be available in certain areas within “covered” cities. It has since improved dramatically, and 4G LTE speeds are better than what some folks get from a hard-wired connection, but it’s something to keep in mind before jumping onto the 5G bandwagon so early.