Indianapolis will be one of the first U.S cities to get Verizon’s super-fast 5G home internet service, the company announced Tuesday.
The nation’s largest wireless provider is rolling out its residential broadband service in Indianapolis, Houston, Los Angeles and Sacramento, California, later this year, the company said in a news release. Indianapolis was the fourth city to be announced.
John Granby, Verizon’s market president for the Indiana/Great Lakes area, said Tuesday that specific details of the rollout, such as the exact date, the price and eligible areas in the city, won’t be disclosed until closer to the launch.
The service is expected to be 100 times faster than the 4G LTE network people are used to, Granby said.
Verizon entered into an agreement with Google and Apple to be content providers. When the service launches, customers will have the option to select their content provider: YouTube TV or Apple TV.
The equipment is still in development, Granby said. Verizon is working with manufacturers to create the necessary in-home elements.
The second phase of the broadband rollout planned for early 2019 also will see the launch of Verizon’s 5G mobile service, the company said. That means residents of those four select 5G cities will be able to use the new Moto Z3 smartphone.
The much-anticipated Moto Z3, billed as the world’s first 5G smartphone, is set for release worldwide on Thursday. However, its 5G mod accessory, a magnetic attachment that enables the 5G technology, won’t be available until the 5G mobile service is up and running next year, a Verizon spokesman told IndyStar. With the 5G service, the smartphone is expected to have speeds of up to 5 gigabytes per second, USA Today reports.
In November, AT&T said that Downtown Indianapolis was the first city to employ the provider’s next-generation LTE-LAA technology. AT&T said LTE-LAA was a step toward delivering 5G service in Indianapolis as early as late 2018.-IndyStar