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Verizon Shows Real-World 5G Speeds at CES 2019

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  • Published by Lucy Woods on 10 Jan 2019
  • Last modified 10 Jan 2019
Jan 8th: Caitlin McGarry

LAS VEGAS — We don’t live in a 5G world yet, but you wouldn’t know it from the hype around the next generation of connectivity at CES. Verizon showed off what its 5G network is capable of today — spoiler alert: it’s not that impressive — but also what the company dreams will be possible with 5G in the future. That part is really exciting.

CEO Hans Vestberg demonstrated 5G’s current capabilities in two hilarious examples. From his keynote today (Jan. 8) on stage at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, he piloted a drone connected to Verizon’s 5G network over the streets of Los Angeles. Download speeds? A cool 900 Mbps. Not bad, though not the gigabit speeds we’re hoping for from 5G. Upload speeds hovered around 100 Mbps.

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