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Verizon’s 5G Broadband Goes Into Testing by Mid-2017 in 11 Markets

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Verizon announced this morning that it will deliver 5G broadband connectivity to select customers later this year on their “newly built 5G network.” In total, 11 markets will gain access as a part of this pre-commercial pilot. 

Verizon’s initial goal will be to offer 5G to pilot customers in Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville (NJ), Brockton (MA), Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle, and Washington, DC. They are calling this pre-commercial 5G, as they work to fully commercialize broadband (or fixed) wireless 5G connections to both homes and businesses.

While not wireless in terms of being a 5G connection directly to your phone like you have through LTE today, this implementation of 5G should help take us steps closer to that reality.

Via:  Verizon | Samsung
  • Patty

    I heard that the 5g will be bad for your health,something to investigate.

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  • beentheir36

    I think the big question is. What are the health effects of 5G? A question everyone should be asking.

    • Jeff “BIG RED”

      You mean that cell phones/cell towers can hurt us? That the US allows it’s people to basically eat poison? That everyone really educates themselves on what’s harmful around them? 💩

  • Genkidama

    There is much, much more to 5g than speed. The latency is what will be amazing. There is talk about latency being 1ms. That is >>>>>>> than the speeds talked about.

  • RazorSky

    They did something in my city recently. I hit 140 megabits and 191 megabits on fast.com and speedtest.net today on a few occasion.

    Pixel on XLTE I guess it’s pretty good. I’m getting 10 right now at home.

  • Dave

    And this is exactly why I didn’t jump on the Unlimited Data 2.0 bandwagon. The only reason Verizon is offering this plan is to get consumers used to the idea of downloading 22gb/month. When 5G becomes mainstream, people will be burning through 22gb faster than ever. If you think you’re the type of person that would never use 22gb, think again. And when you hit your 22gb/month limit, you run the risk of being throttled down to 3g. I’m not taking the bait. I’m sticking with my original unlimited data plan. I’m sure Verizon will find some creative way to force me off my OG Unlimited plan.

    • afjda

      They don’t even need to be creative about it, they might just do it. I don’t use that much data, they’re better off keeping me on it now. If they boot me, I’ll probably be spending less with a new plan.

      • Mike

        You should spend less, I just dropped my old unlimited plan for the new unlimited today. The difference in cost means I’ll save $45 per month and honestly, I rarely ever went up to or above 22Gbs in one month.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      It’s not a trap. If you choose to use more data off of WIFI, then it’ll be an option.

      • Genkidama

        “Wifi” will be considerably slower than 5g.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Theoretically… Besides that’s not the point. Point is at home at at work people default to WiFi. And more and more there’s wifi everywhere you go in Public that can be more stable than your actually connection. Less need to burn data.

        • cincy-backpacker

          Not really, WiFi is simply a buzzword given to a particular technology that adapts. Look at the early implementations of 802.11b, roughly 15Mbps (ignoring overhead its that ~30ish mark). Now with 5Ghz and 160Mhz channels its easy to achieve gigabit wireless within closer proximity to the base station. If your home internet service (or public wifi backhaul) is fast enough, you’ll push those speeds easily.

    • Trueblue711

      Not only what you said about data usage, but the new Verizon Unlimited Plan clearly states “4G LTE only.” This means they clearly prepared for having a limit on 5G when it arrives.

      Grandfathered UDPs must allow access to 5G, although I’m sure Verizon will pull more tricks to discourage us from staying on it.

    • cincy-backpacker

      I think many are overestimating the impact “5G” is going to have on the mobile market. Millimeter wireless is at this point NOT a solution for mobile handsets, this is fixed wireless stuff. Building penetration is already rough with AWS/PCS, now going to 28+ Ghz you’ll have next to zero penetration in buildings. This is all for capacity and extremely dense buildouts.

      Also, deprioritization is not throttling in any stretch of the word. It is enabling quality of service and only exists when the situation is very congested and then “goes away” when the congestion eases. Wireless is going to have this issue regardless, your precious grandfathered UDP platform isn’t going to save you from congestion (not meaning this sarcastically, its just the reality of it). QoS is the reality on congested networks, data hogs shouldn’t be able to ruin it for everyone else. We all pay to be on the network, let’s all share it.

  • Me

    Might have to make the switch. Just waiting on a pixel deal

  • mcdonsco

    Can someone please explain to me why anyone would need 1gbps speeds on their phone? Really, seriously?

    I would MUCH rather see a massive expansion and reduction of congestion on the 4g network so instead of 7mb down / 2mb up most of the time we could all see 80+mb down and 30+mb up all the time.

    But, progress with specs just for the sake of progress and specs. Whatever.

    At some point speed needs to take a backseat (being more than fast enough) to range, coverage and consistency in the speed across most devices and locations.

    • The Doctor

      People said the same thing about 4G.

      • mcdonsco

        Knew someone would say this, to which I would say, no, no they didn’t. Speeds on 3g were largely in KB not mb, as such there was a definite need for speed.

        • The Doctor

          I’d love to download a full-size movie while waiting in line at the grocery store.

          • mcdonsco

            OK, besides the point of, you can now depending on location (full bars or one bar).


            Aren’t you in transit after? Can’t wait a few minutes for the every once in a while 1gb+ file?

            Why does everything have to be instant in dense urban areas and slow as crap everywhere else? Why not balance it out, where anywhere you go is equally fast? Makes a lot more sense to me. Then you could download your movie in line, or while waiting for your water to boil at the campsite.

            Right now, it’s download in line and barely able to make a call much less use any data at the campsite which to me, is stupid.

          • The Doctor

            Only you would argue against faster data speeds.

          • mcdonsco

            Way to misinterpret things!

            Not arguing against faster, arguing for a refocus on coverage and resolving congestion issues BEFORE continuing the focus on speed.

      • ck125

        Heck no. 3G on verizon was dreadfully slow.

    • LTE4G

      I don’t think this is intended for phones directly – The idea being point to point broadband for homes/businesses to compete with Cable/DSL/Fiber.

    • Kris Stewart

      The faster speed actually reduces the air time used by each transmission easing congestion for more devices. Hopefully this will open the door to affordable internet at good speeds for rural broadband. Of course using affordable and Verizon together is rather optimistic.

      • mcdonsco

        Reasonable enough…But then with any new network you have coverage issues for years to come…Why not just reduce congestion and increase FAST speeds coverage on the existing tech first? A lot cheaper, and expansion to cover rural areas would be a lot faster and cheaper.

        Just seems like we’re always too focused on speed and at some point need to shift the focus to coverage/range etc.

        I have the same issue with wifi routers…SPEED SPEED SPEED!!!! while range is pure crap.

        • Cjkdajfkjda

          What network are you on?

          • mcdonsco

            Was cricket, used T-Mobile for a while and back on Verizon as of their new unlimited plans.

        • Cliff Keene

          Clearly you know not how Verizon tries to sucker people in with 5GVOLTEABC123NOWYOUANDME…..Sorry mis-share.

        • Kris Stewart

          Speed is the marketing side of it for sure. They do need more incentive to expand rural coverage. Working with verizon tower guys at times they have been deploying all new towers with only new wireless bands and leaving out the old bands. Preparing for this in outlying areas. I am around the Springfield MO area and Verizon deployed small cells on towers throughout the city (hundreds). Test site to use for 5G as home broadband I have a feeling.

    • Me

      Idk, sounds kinda communist to me

    • ASYOUTHIA✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Because when the network is congested you can get something like 90mbps down

      • mcdonsco

        Which 4g is capable of now. Seems to me reducing congestion and increasing coverage through expansion of 4g makes a lot more sense.

        At some point in the very near future, sure, we will need those speeds, but for now what we really need is just better overall coverage and reduction in congestion.

        • ASYOUTHIA✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Best I’ve ever got was ~60 down and ~50 up

          • ck125

            I saw 160 down the other day.

          • mcdonsco


          • mcdonsco

            I’ve seen over 100mb many times on both Verizon and T-Mobile … Depends on where you are, signal strength etc which is EXACTLY my point.

        • TJTHEBEST

          You can upgrade about 50 to 100 sites for every new site being built. And you can upgrade way faster compared to building a new site.

          • mcdonsco

            I think you’re missing my point (coverage) and that wouldn’t help.

    • Genkidama

      Reduced latency to 1ms according to the white papers is the reason I would take 5g any day. Far superior to 4g transmission speeds.

    • ggareis

      This isn’t about faster speeds for your phone. It’s more about fixed wireless broadband. Their calling it wireless fiber. The most expensive part of rolling out Fios is running the last mile to Homes and businesses. 5g is the answer to this problem.

    • billiebob808

      You’re absolutely right. But the carriers don’t care about that (or I should say it’s not as high a priority as 5G). It’s all about the marketing angle. They’re racing to become “the first” or “the best” 5G carrier evar. Verizon can claim the most coverage in their ads all they want, but once AT&T says “ALL NEW 5G,” then people will flock to them. So it becomes an arms race for marketing (i.e. bragging) rights.

    • That’s theoretical speeds, when the network is loaded up it will be many times slower. Besides, 5G is really aiming at replacing wired broadband with wireless.

    • okpud

      1st, 5G isn’t about smartphones. Smartphones will benefit, but this is all about getting many, many more devices on wireless networks. It is about IoT and the literally 100x more devices that will be on wireless networks. Some classes of devices, like cars, will transmit TBs of data a day for monitoring and coordination of driving patterns. It’s also about wireless carries being able to offer “fiber class” network connections to the home without having to get right of ways and lay cable/fiber. Right now, my home broadband/TV options are Spectrum (cable) and Frontier FIOS (fiber). In a few years, I could potentially add AT&T and Verizon to that list. When that happens, I bet Frontier will increase their fiber speeds and drop their rates. More competition is generally better.

      To your specific question, why should you can about it on your smartphone? Two words: battery life. Even if you use exactly the same about of data as you do on a 4G LTE network, 5G mmWave will save you battery life. Transmitting data takes power. So does receiving/processing data, but less so. If your network is 10x faster in the real world, that means you can spend 90% less time (i.e. power) transmitting/receiving data. This may not happen day 1, as most LTE radios are in their 4th gen and I doubt 1st gen 5G mmWave radios will be as efficient in their gen 1 designs, but by gen 2 it should make a noticeable difference. Of course, just because you have a power savings from the network, that doesn’t mean your phone will last longer on a charge. It’s up to the phone OEMs to decide what they do with power savings (more features, smaller design, and/or longer life).

    • Red

      Yeah, okay, Bill.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Every time I see a Verizon article I get a flashback to this site being a “Verizon Droid” website. Then I get happy again…

    • SpyNinja

      I remember those days, people would get pissed if anything other then “Verizon Droid” information was posted, and would say that is what http://an.droid-life.com/ was for, but this version had more traffic. It’s fun to look back at http://an.droid-life.com/ to how it once was.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Lol. Funny thing is I’ve never owned a Droid device. Not sure what I was doing here. I did pop over to the other site every once in a while.

      • Darius Clark

        When people could wait to tyoe “First”!