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Charter is Testing 5G Home Internet in 6 Cities

For some time now we have known that Charter has been working on 5G home internet. Now they have announced six cities that Charter will test out 5G home internet. 5G home Internet promises to bring fiber Internet speeds without the cost of running fiber to each house. With 5G you will be able to get 5G Internet wirelessly to your home, which is a dream many cord cutters have had for years.

This is all apart of a larger effort by Charter to expand their footprint into rural areas that are currently under-serviced. This 5G test will also bring new competition to some major cities which to this day are still limited to two or maybe three internet options.

Here are the markets Charter is testing 5G in:

  • Orlando, Florida
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Clarksville, Tennessee
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Bakersfield, California
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dish, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and others have all announced plans to roll out 5G home Internet. Dish and others have said that by the end of 2020 they will have half of the United States covered with 5G home Internet.

Charter is The hoping to cut the time it takes to wire a city with fiber Internet from years to months. Verizon has been at the core of this push to see 5G rollout starting this year. Now we get new details about Verizon’s new 5G network.

Soure: Venturebeat.com

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4 Responses to Charter is Testing 5G Home Internet in 6 Cities

  1. NashGuy January 25, 2018 at 2:35 pm #

    Seems a little odd that a cable company is deploying 5G fixed wireless. With DOCSIS 3.1, they can already deploy gigabit download speeds to any home with regular a regular coax cable connection. And full duplex DOCSIS 3.1 is coming soon, which will allow for gigabit speeds in both directions. I guess Charter is looking to expand their service area further into rural areas and it will be cheaper for them to use 5G for the last quarter-to-half mile connections as opposed to running coax or fiber. But given the short-range nature of the mm-wave frequencies used for 5G, it doesn’t seem well suited to rural areas, where homes are far apart. They’re going to have to set up a bunch of 5G cells (each one connected to fiber), with each cell servicing only a handful of homes. Hard to see how this makes a lot of sense.

    • CordCutting2017 January 26, 2018 at 4:17 pm #

      Most of the MSO’s have agreements with one cellco or another. Comcast partners with VZW for phone services billed through Comcast. The same is probably true with the 5G portion where it’s a joint venture of some sort to deploy the technology.

      D3.1 FDX will blow it out of the water though when they upgrade the CMTS to support it. FDX could enable multi-gig up to 10GE each way and do away with the asymmetrical speed disparity without requiring the FTTH like Gig Pro nor the same costs of Fiber. Currently they’re labbing the FDX functions and certifying things so it might be a year or two before they flip the switch and we end up needing different modems to support it along with routers with more than 1 wan port to take advantage of it.

  2. BloodLust January 25, 2018 at 8:31 pm #

    I wouldn’t give these clowns a cent of my money. Charter from my experience is one of the worst companies to deal with. Wish they would sink and burn like the rest of the big cable companies.

  3. Mike Thaler January 26, 2018 at 1:16 pm #

    Tech question –
    What is size/shape of the antenna at home that would be receiving the 5G signal?