Verizon is launching 5G in 2018, just not the wireless kind that your phone will get to play with. Instead, Verizon will launch 5G as a home internet service that they’ll push into select markets. The first is Sacramento, which Verizon announced months ago. The 2nd was announced today and it’s Los Angeles.
To recap, this is home broadband internet that Verizon beams to your home wirelessly using equipment from Samsung. You can see that equipment here. The 5G network is powered by millimeter wave (mmW) 5G technology, which is capable of producing ridiculous speeds, just not necessarily over huge distances. It’ll probably be perfect for situations like home internet.
Verizon acknowledged that Los Angeles and Sacramento are two of four markets they plan to launch 5G in this year. They haven’t said what the other two are, but Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam sure talked a lot about Boston today during an interview where he announced Los Angeles. You might want to casually pencil it in as one of the remaining two.
Verizon said to expect Los Angeles to get 5G in the fourth quarter of this year.