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Ace de rpida is the Verizon 5G network: We perform live tests

Juan Garzon / CNET

It is 10 am. and I'm walking through a drizzle to the Verizon store on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago for one reason: Garrett's cheddar cheese and caramel popcorn. Okay, that's not true. I'm here to try the Verizon 5G network, which officially launched in Chicago and Minneapolis on Wednesday, April 3. I'm going to spend the day seeing how fast the Verizon mmWave 5G technology is and how well it works in the Moto Z3, with its 5G Moto Mod accessory, officially the first Verizon 5G phone.

Verizon got ahead of everyone by activating its 5G network before its April 11 target, a move that underlines its belief that acting quickly and aggressively on 5G will give its network, which is already the largest in the United States , a big advantage. 5G, the next generation wireless technology, has emerged as the cure for outdated data connections and low download speed on phones. 5G has positioned itself to revolutionize the industry, increase data connections from 10 to 100 times the current 4G speeds and to open the possibility to a large number of new uses, including remote surgeries and smart traffic lights that communicate with each other to Traffic flows smoothly.

That is not exactly the 5G we are going to see today, nor is it supposed to be. Operators such as Verizon and AT&T have long talked about an extended deployment plan, starting in certain neighborhoods in some major cities before expanding to other ligands. On the Verizon roadmap, 30 locations are scheduled for 2019. The speeds are also expected to be faster than 4G at the beginning, but not much faster, as they will gain speed as operators build their 5G networks. the long of the time.

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"These very fast speeds that you will see now are going to improve a lot this year," Mike Haberman, vice president of network engineer at Verizon, told me this morning. "This is just the beginning".

And when he says "this," Haberman refers to the typical network speeds that we should see today using the Verizon 5G network, which the provider calls 5G Ultra Wideband. Verizon says it expects "typical speeds of 450 megabits per second, with peak speeds of almost 1 gigabit per second and a latency of less than 30 milliseconds."

First of all, we should talk a little about this Moto Z3. It is a mid-range device that can channel the Verizon 5G network through the power of a thick antenna and the internal modem that is located within the Moto Mod 5G, which is sold separately. The Z3 is now on sale in the United States at a price of US $ 240 (usually it costs US $ 480); The Moto Mod is also on sale now for $ 200 (usually it costs $ 350), and you must have a Z3 in your account to buy it. Verizon 5G service means an additional $ 10 premium on your regular plan, but the first three months are free.

A little thing about 5G before you start

5G is not just a "thing." There are multiple 5G approaches of the type "sub-6. Millimeter wave (mmWave)". For example, AT&T has even been accused (and even sued) of promoting a "fake 5G". With this new world of 5G also comes a whole cosmos of new technical jargon.

For example, the Verizon 5G network uses the 28GHz and 39GHz bands for mmWave to bring 1GHz of bandwidth on average nationwide. If that doesn't mean much to you, you can read a little more in our guide completes 5G.