Verizon launches 5G network: 4 things to know

Verizon Communications will make 5G services for mobile phones available in two U.S. cities.

5G has also stirred buzz among the healthcare industry. On Feb. 6, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives submitted a statement to a Senate subcommittee, requesting 5G investment. CHIME listed telehealth, remote monitoring and interoperability as areas in healthcare that would benefit particularly from enhanced internet speeds.  

Four things to know:

1. Verizon will launch the fifth generation of wireless internet speed for users in Chicago and Minneapolis beginning April 11.

2. The 5G services will only be available on the Motorola Moto Z device, which requires an additional hardware accessory called the "5G moto mod" to access the 5G network.

3. Access to the 5G wireless network will cost users with an existing Verizon cellular plan an additional $10 per month.

4. 5G can reportedly load websites and download songs at least 10 times faster than 4G and allow users to download and stream movies and TV shows in seconds.

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