Verizon begins deploying its 5G mobile network in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis

Verizon today announced that it has officially deployed its 5G mobile service in certain parts of Chicago and Minneapolis, which are the first two of the 30 cities where it plans to bring its 5G wireless network this year. The surprise launch is a week before the date the company initially announced, and the company said customers can expect average download speeds of 450 Mbps, and that maximum speeds could reach "almost 1 Gbps."

To use Verizon's 5G network, customers will need a 5G ready phone. For the moment, that's down to the Moto Z3 that was launched last summer along with the 5G Moto Mod, which is available today. It will also cost customers an additional $ 10 per month to use the 5G network. Verizon will support 5G in the new Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, which will be launched in the "first half of 2019." (In other words, it should arrive sometime in the next two months).

Today's launch is different from Verizon's. Deployment of the previous 5G home network in four cities last year. While those networks work with the 5G TF standard, Verizon's 5G wireless uses the "real" 5G NR standard for cellular networks.

Even if you're in Chicago or Minneapolis, the launch is extremely limited. Coverage covers the general areas of the city center and certain landmarks, such as the Gold Coast, River North and Old Town neighborhoods of Minneapolis in the US. UU Bank Stadium and Chicago.

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