5G latency as deployed today at Verizon is 33-45% lower than typical American LTE, 30 ms as opposed to 45-55 ms for today's LTE.  Verizon is building the most advanced 5G network in the Western world, although those early to Edge Clouds may pull a little ahead. 

1 ms and even 10 ms 5G will be a fantasy for years in most of the world. It can work in the lab, but is hundreds of billions of investment and years from reaching the field. China this year is deciding whether to spend the money and probably will. No one else is thinking of doing similar until the middle of next decade. 

Verizon's 30 ms is about the state of the art. It will probably drive latency down to 15-25 ms over the next few years. VZ is moving aggressively to improve the backhaul/transport network and install servers inside the network a few hops from the towers.

Today's 5G equipment is 8-12 ms from your phone to the tower (air latency.) To that must be added the time to the server, at least 5 ms and usually more. Verizon's LTE from tower to the server is typically 20 ms today. That can be reduced by putting in Edge servers and improving the network behind the tower.  The latency difference between LTE & 5G is only about 20%. (10 ms vs 20 ms) Anything better than that is not due to 5G but to other improvements in the network

Verizon's pr below asserts the network can do a gigabit in some places, which is true. They are only offering the Motorola/Lenovo phone, which tops out at half that and is slower than many LTE phones on the market.  All will improve. Update April 5. Signals Research Group did an independent test in Minneapolis and saw many speeds from 600 to 909 megabits down on an unloaded network. This is better than the 450 meg suggested by the Verizon Motorola pr below. Great news!

Looking ahead, 5G URLLC is coming into the standard for 1-5 ms air latency. It's several years away and expensive. No carrier in the world has committed to the deployment, although the Chinese government may insist on it. Meanwhile, LTE is getting much better as well. Ericsson and Huawei today have brought the LTE air latency down to about 13 ms, nearly the same as LTE.

Don't believe the hype.


04.03.2019 Verizon announcement
Customers in Chicago and Minneapolis are first in the world to get 5G-enabled smartphones connected to a 5G network
Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network is the first commercial 5G network in the world that works with a 5G smartphone.

General availability of the 5G moto mod starts today.

NEW YORK – Today, Verizon officially turned on its 5G Ultra Wideband network in select areas of Minneapolis and Chicago a week ahead of schedule. For the first time ever, customers can access a commercial 5G network with the world’s first commercially available 5G-enabled smartphone*, the moto z3 combined with 5G moto mod. Customers using Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network in Chicago or Minneapolis could see speeds of up to 1 Gbps.

“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.”

Starting today, consumers and businesses have a 5G network and a 5G-enabled smartphone that makes real-time a reality. Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband technology uses the global standard and new device hardware to deliver advanced capabilities to customers in real-time. While select areas of Chicago and Minneapolis will be the first to experience Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband mobility service, Verizon announced plans in February to launch its 5G service in more than 30 U.S. cities in 2019.

Service and coverage area details

Early customers in Chicago and Minneapolis should expect typical download speeds of 450 Mbps, with peak speeds of nearly 1 Gbps, and latency less than 30 milliseconds. 5G is a new and rapidly evolving technology and Verizon expects regular improvement in 5G Ultra Wideband speed, latency and overall network performance as Verizon engineers, working with a number of technology partners, continue to upgrade the network. Customers can expect to see regular software updates pushed to their devices and see network advancements throughout the rest of the year.

In Chicago, 5G coverage is concentrated in areas of the West Loop and the South Loop, around landmarks like Union Station, Willis Tower, The Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park and The Chicago Theatre. Customers also have 5G Ultra Wideband service in the Verizon store on The Magnificent Mile and throughout The Gold Coast, Old Town and River North.

In Minneapolis, service is concentrated in the Downtown area, including Downtown West and Downtown East, as well as inside and around U.S. Bank Stadium, the site of this weekend’s NCAA men’s basketball Final Four. Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband service is also available around landmarks like the Minneapolis Convention Center, the Minneapolis Central Library, the Mill City Museum, Target Center and First Avenue venues, The Commons, areas of Elliot Park and in the Verizon store in The Mall of America.

When customers move outside Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband coverage area, the 5G moto mod hands off the signal to Verizon’s 4G LTE network, the nation’s best and most reliable 4G LTE network.

Get the world’s first 5G-enabled smartphone today