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Verizon to roll out 5G service in Sacramento October 1

Verizon to roll out 5G service in Sacramento October 1

 

Beginning October 1, Sacramento will be one of four cities that will be part of Verizon Wireless 5G rollout.  Other cities are Indianapolis, Houston and Los Angeles.  The 5G service will be a wireless home broadband.  The service will not be available for existing mobile devices.  5G mobile devices will start to hit the market next year.

 

Parts of Sacramento will be in the first release.  To find out if you’re eligible and to sign up, go to Firston5G.com and type in your address. (The site goes live at 5 a.m. PT/8 a.m. ET on Thursday.) Consumers elsewhere can sign up for updates on Verizon’s rollout plans.  Cost for the service will be $50 a month for existing Verizon customers and $70 for new customers.  Verizon is promising speeds from 300 mbps up to 1 GB. This will allow you to download a blue ray movie in just minutes.  Customers will receive a modem that will pick up the 5G signals that can then be used the same as as wired connections and broadcast using WiFi to the home.

 

AT&T is planning it’s own 5G release as well with several cities being part of the rollout, including these in California: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose.  AT&T also plans on using existing power lines for something called AirGig.  AT&T’s AirGig piggybacks on power lines, putting inexpensive antennas every 100 or 200 meters and channeling data along the route at multi-gigabit speeds.  This would help bring better Internet to rural areas where the cost of installing new lines is prohibitive

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