Verizon 5G Home’s expansion boosts broadband with mobile tie-in

By: Eli Blumenthal

Verizon is expanding its 5G home broadband network, with a twist. The wireless giant said Monday it will expand its service to Chicago on Thursday, joining parts of Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento and making it the fifth city to get home internet from its 5G network. 

Chicago’s network, however, will be unlike the initial 5G Home cities Verizon launched last year. Unlike those four, the new network will run off the same 5G technology the company uses for its mobile network (something called 5G NR), where the original cities use a network (known as 5G TF) that’s incompatible with the one it’s deploying around the country for mobile devices. 

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