Verizon's 5G home networks will run on Samsung routers

The company's fixed wireless 5G service, slated to hit Sacramento and up to four other US cities before the end of 2018, will use Samsung hardware.

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Samsung routers will power Verizon's 5G fixed wireless service when it arrives in homes later this year.

The Korean electronics giant announced on Wednesday that Verizon will use Samsung hardware -- including home routers and "5G Radio Access Units" -- when it rolls out its already announced 5G wireless network in up to five cities before the end of 2018. So far, only Sacramento has been confirmed as one of the locations.

"Together with Verizon, we have explored the vast potential of 5G through market trials across the US," Mark Louison, a senior vice president at Samsung Electronics America, said in a statement. "At the same time, Samsung applied lessons learned from these real-world trials to ensure that our complete end-to-end 5G portfolio is ready for commercial service."

5G networks promise to deliver fiber-level speed and low latency as new wireless networks are deployed. So-called "fixed wireless" installations in homes will be the first to roll out because they won't suffer from the battery limitations of mobile devices.

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