Widespread implementation of the high-speed 5G standard is still a few years ago. Verizon will start making commercial service available in a few regional areas in 2018 as standards like the new 5G radio specifications are finalized. Sacramento has been designated as one target city for this new high-speed wireless standard.  

Verizon commercializing 5G fixed wireless access in 2018

Throughout this year, Verizon has tested 5G fixed wireless access in 11 U.S. markets, which the company said included “several hundred cell sites that cover several thousand customer locations. Now Verizon says it will use that technology to deliver residential broadband services in three to five markets next year.

The carrier will make the commercial service available first in Sacramento, Calif., during the second half of 2018. Given the timing, Verizon’s commercial launch should follow the 3GPP’s release of the 5G New Radio specification, which is tracking for June 2018. Operators in the U.S. and around the world have looked to 5G fixed wireless access as a way to deliver multi-gigabit-per-second throughput speeds without needing to deploy fiber directly to homes and premises, which is a costly and time-consuming process.