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How does 5G work?

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The same way garage door openers, TVs, baby monitors and every past generation of wireless have all worked — with radiofrequency (RF) waves.  5G uses a dense network of “small cell” antennas about the size of a backpack. Designed to blend into the environment, these 5G antennas hide in plain sight on things you never notice — like utility poles and street lamps.

5G small cells on light poles in Sacramento, CA.

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Where are 5G networks available?

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Currently, Verizon 5G service is available in eighteen cities — Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Denver, Providence, St. Paul, D.C., Detroit, Atlanta, Sacramento, New York, Boise, Phoenix, Omaha, Dallas, and Panama City — with new 5G services rolling out in many more cities throughout 2019. In fact, Verizon 5G service will be coming to Boston, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Charlotte, Memphis, Little Rock, San Jose, Phoenix, Dallas, Oklahoma City and Kansas City before the end of 2019. Think your city should get 5G? Say so.

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What’s the difference between 4G and 5G?

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5G is a transformational change from 4G. 5G has the potential to provide 20X faster data speeds and carry a massive amount of data for a large number of simultaneous users. So users in high density areas – like airports, stadiums or urban areas – can still experience the fast speeds and low latency of 5G service. As Americans replace more and more household items with ‘smart devices’ that connect to the internet, also known as the Internet of Things, this network capacity will be critical. 5G will potentially be able to handle more than 2.5 million connected devices per square mile.

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What is 5GE vs. 5G?

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5GE is not 5G. It stands for 5G Evolution, and it’s a confusing new marketing label for AT&T’s existing 4G LTE service. True 5G is the fifth generation of wireless technology, and it’s a platform for history-shifting innovations. Unless you live in one of these cities, you probably don’t have 5G. But you’ll know when you do: If the speed boost from 3G to 4G felt like going from a walk to a run, the leap to 5G is like strapping on a jet pack.

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What is 5G WiFi?

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If you see “5G” in your WiFi settings, don’t mistake it for actual 5G wireless. On a home modem or router, it stands for “5GHz” — and it’s one of one of the two frequency bands routers can use to broadcast WiFi through your home. You might see it as an option next to 2.4 GHz.

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What’s a “Smart City” and how will 5G impact my community?

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Communities that tap into the power of 5G connectivity will be able to transform how people live, learn, work and play in countless ways, driving improvements across transit, utilities, public Wi-Fi access, emergency preparedness and beyond. From smart traffic lights that cut congestion to smart buildings that save energy, 5G will open nearly limitless opportunities for innovation.

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Are all of those 5G antennas a health concern?

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All equipment used for 5G must comply with federal safety standards.  Those standards have wide safety margins and are designed to protect everyone, including children.  Everyday exposure to the radio frequency energy from 5G small cells will be well within those safety limits, and is comparable to exposure from products such as baby monitors, Wi-Fi routers, and Bluetooth devices.

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How will 5G work in my home?

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5G residential broadband internet service is ideal for consumers looking to “cut the cord” or upgrade from their current cable broadband service. Today, this 5G service offers download speeds comparable to – and in many cases better than – traditional, wired broadband internet connections. As 5G residential broadband service expands in 2019 and beyond, speeds and services will improve – allowing you to bring live gaming and virtual reality experiences into your living room.

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What will 5G mean for businesses?

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5G will support businesses’ innovation ambitions and create new markets, transforming supply chain management and creating smarter, more efficient manufacturing. It’s also a fundamental platform for the Internet of Things (IoT) — the rapidly expanding number of devices that collect, transmit and share data via the internet. By 2020, more than half of all new businesses will rely on the “IoT” to cut costs, build efficiencies, and grow their bottom lines. But many of the innovations 5G technology will fuel literally haven’t been invented yet. For the “IoT” to realize its limitless potential, 5G is critical.

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How will 5G change transportation? 

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Two words: driverless cars. We can’t reach the full promise of autonomous vehicles without 5G. For these cars to react to road conditions immediately, their sensors need to be able to send and receive data (what’s known as latency) just as quickly. 5G has the potential to cut latency down to less than 10 milliseconds, many times faster than the blink of an eye. Picture a future where your commute is sitting in the back of a driverless car streaming a 4K movie. In the near-term, 5G will almost instantaneously inform drivers and public transportation dispatchers about traffic jams, offer alternate routes, even monitor and optimize traffic lights in real time. 

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Will 5G impact healthcare?

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Absolutely. There’s the opportunity to lower health care costs and have better outcomes because of 5G. 5G could elevate virtual healthcare to new levels, enabling even more effective remote care for those who need it most. Researchers are already developing techniques for remote surgery, enabling a doctor to perform lifesaving surgery on a patient miles away using robotics over a 5G network.

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What 5G services are available today?

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For the latest news about how Verizon is implementing 5G, what 5G services may be available to you now, and the company’s plans for 5G in the future, click here.