Verizon said on Thursday that it will begin rolling out its insanely-fast 5G network by the middle of the year. Its 5G services, which will offer gigabit data speeds, will launch to select customers in Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville (NJ), Brockton (MA), Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle and Washington, D.C..

Verizon is just one of several carriers pushing forward with 4G LTE networks. AT&T has said it its AirGig technology, an evolution of 5G, will also soon enter public testing. T-Mobile has also promised to activate 5G technologies this year.

Why 5G matters

Just to put things in perspective, today you're really lucky if you're hitting 100Mbps on a 4G LTE connection. Most of the time, at least in my experience, I'm hovering around 5Mpbs – 20Mpbs. A gigabit connection will allow you to download at 1Gbps speeds. That means you'll be able to download a full movie in just seconds. It also means it'll be a heck of a lot easier to cruise through your data caps, which is why new unlimited plans are becoming more and more attractive.

If you live in one of the aforementioned cities, look for Verizon 5G sometime during the first half of this year.