At the Unpacked event of Samsung last Wednesday, it was revealed that Verizon is getting a short-term exclusive on the Galaxy S10 5G, the first 5G phone that will be released by Samsung. To make sure that people can use the handset and other 5G phones as intended, the provider is planning to turn on its 5G mobile network in 30 cities in the United States of America this year.
The plan was revealed by the company during an investor meeting that was held last Thursday. The firm, however, did not disclose the list of cities involved. Verizon is already offering home broadband services via 5G in Houston, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Indianapolis. This month, it hinted regarding the upcoming rollouts in Atlanta and New York City, as well as in Medford, Massachusetts. It is suggesting that Verizon will also bring 5G to nearby Boston. The provider is planning to flip the switch on its mobile 5G network in the first half of the year, and it will expand its home 5G service to more markets later in 2019.
During a meeting with investors that was held last Thursday morning, the Chief Executive Officer of Verizon, Hans Vestberg, stated: “It’s just gonna be a total different experience in speed and throughput than you have ever seen before.”
Verizon also said that this would be real, standards-based 5G, not the off-brand 5G that Verizon originally used for its wireless home internet service.
T-Mobile has also pledged to launch 5G in 30 cities. The 5G network of AT&T is already live in 12 cities, even though no one can still use it. None of the carriers has launched a 5G phone yet, however, that is expected to happen in the next several months.