Verizon to bring 5G to Los Angeles by the end of the year
Back in 2017, Verizon began the early tests of its 5G network in no less than 11 cities. Now, the US carrier has just announced that 5G will be deployed in Los Angeles in the last quarter of 2018.
Los Angeles follows Sacramento as the second city to receive commercial 5G connectivity from Verizon. According to the carrier's CEO, Lowell McAdam, 5G networks are "a lot closer than people think" and the two aforementioned locations can be considered "progressive-minded cities" thanks to the early availability of this next-gen communication technology.
Back in November 2017, Verizon revealed that the first wave of deployment will include between three and five areas. This way, 5G residential broadband services will be made available to around 30 million households. These areas will most likely be the most populated ones in the list of 11 zones mentioned at the beginning of this article. This is that list: Sacramento; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas and Houston, Texas; Miami, Florida; Seattle, Washington; Washington DC; Bernardsville, New Jersey; Brockton, Massachusetts; and Denver, Colorado.
Even if Verizon would provide 5G connectivity to more areas by the end of the year, there is one major problem: for now, there are no 5G-compatible mobile devices on the market. The first 5G phones are expected to arrive in 2019, so if you own a 4G handset that you enjoy using, it will take at least 2 or 3 years until it can be considered obsolete in terms of mobile network support.