The race to 5G is on, and Verizon is the first out of the gate.
Yesterday, the wireless company officially turned on its 5G Ultra Wideband network in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis, where the 2019 Final Four games will be taking place. This earlier-than-anticipated launch has crowned Verizon the first carrier in the world to connect its wireless customers to a commercial 5G network. As of right now though, the only device compatible with the service is the 5G-enabled Motorola moto Z3 with the accompanying 5G moto mod accessory. Additional smartphone options are expected to come down the line, including the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, that will be able to withstand the power of 5G.
“Verizon customers will be the first in the world to have the power of 5G in their hands," said Hans Vestberg, Verizon’s chairman and chief executive officer. “This is the latest in our string of 5G firsts. Verizon launched the first commercial broadband 5G service last October, Verizon 5G Home, and now we’re lighting up our 5G Ultra Wideband network in Chicago and Minneapolis, providing the world’s first commercial 5G mobile service with a 5G-enabled smartphone.”