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Verizon Successfully Tests Gigabit Wireless Home Internet

Mid age woman sitting at tableVerizon Wireless today announced that they have successfully conducted a real world test of their 4G home internet service. During the, test Verizon set a new outside-the-lab speed record of 953 Mbps under real world conditions. This is all parts of their plans to build up to a 5G home internet service.

Verizon is rolling out the new 5G home internet service in 11 markets this year with plans to continue the roll out in 2018 and a goal of having half the United States covered in 5G by the end of 2020.

“It is exciting to see Gigabit LTE momentum globally and in the U.S., especially as we move closer to a 5G world. With leading operators and infrastructure vendors like Verizon and Ericsson, we will continue to develop and deploy innovative technologies to power future networks and devices,” said Mike Finley, SVP & President, Qualcomm North America.

To help get ready for 5G home internet Verizon is also spending a billion dollars to run additional fiber lines to their current cell phone towers to help handle the additional traffic from 5G customers. The goal is to start with a fixed 5G network meant for home use but Verizon hinted during their recent earnings call that a mobile launch of 5G could be in the future for smart phones.

With 5G no longer will ISPs need to run fiber to homes but can just run it to cell phone towers, allowing new ISPs to wire towns in months not years. This will mean for the first time in-home Internet will have true competition. With 5G you will no longer be limited to one or two Internet options but will have a long list of wireless Internet options competing with DSL and cable.

Although we are still likely a few years out for most Americans it is planned that over half of Americans will have access to at least one 5G network in 2020, some are already starting now. Verizon Wireless is testing 5G in 11 markets this year, and AT&T is already testing 5G in Austin, Texas and in Indianapolis, Indiana. AT&T is even using DIRECTV NOW to test their 5G network to make sure it can handle video streaming.

With more options comes competition that will help force down the cost of Internet. The goal is that new competitions will prevent ISPs from doing as they please when so many of its customers have no other options.

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16 Responses to Verizon Successfully Tests Gigabit Wireless Home Internet

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    Evan August 8, 2017 at 9:42 am #

    I wonder when Sprint and T-Mobile will be testing their 5G home internet technologies?

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      Paganpink August 8, 2017 at 11:00 am #

      Many many years after Verizon and ATT. But it will be 10 dollars cheaper!

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    pivotmedia August 8, 2017 at 9:47 am #

    Unfortunately, this is not entirely accurate, but the confusion is common. The test you refer to is not a 5G test. Gigabit LTE, as Verizon refers to in that press release, is an advanced 4G technology. The 5G technology that Verizon plans to launch later this year (and you reference) is a different technology, using different spectrum (mmWave).

    This is a common misconception. 5G standards haven’t been approved yet, and true 5G won’t be in place until 2018. It will start out as fixed 5G (not to your smartphone, but to your home as an alternative to fiber or cable modem). True mobile 5G (to your smartphone) won’t be hear until 2020.

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      Countrytx August 8, 2017 at 9:49 am #

      True 5G will be using the 28/35 Ghz frequencies and like you mentioned, the standard for 5G hasn’t been ratified. Blogs tend to sensationalize information for more clicks aka click-bait.

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    MacHead84 August 8, 2017 at 9:47 am #

    I am not really up to speed on 5G, from my understanding there is not a current 5G standard and all these different companies are testing different models. So devices would have to be built to support all the different models or the companies would have to agree upon a standard.

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      Chris K. August 8, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

      We’ve had different cellular standards between companies for years. If it continues that way into 5G, it probably just means we’ll have to lease our home routers from the cell companies (or buy unlocked versions with the correct band).

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      NashGuy August 8, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

      This is one of the reasons why Verizon is planning to first deploy 5G as fixed wireless for home use — they don’t need to wait for the standards to be completed since the receiver units they’ll deploy in homes will be provided to the customer by Verizon. Those receivers don’t need to be 100% standards-compliant. But mobile phones, which are produced by lots of different manufacturers for use with different networks, do need to be 100% standards-compliant.

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    GMan524 August 8, 2017 at 10:49 am #

    Is This “Fake News?”

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    Carl Maynor August 8, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

    I’m more interested in the health effects of this. Some of the research I’ve read about doesn’t look too promising………..

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      MacHead84 August 8, 2017 at 12:59 pm #


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        Carl Maynor August 8, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

        Just google 5g health risks. 5G uses MMW which can transmit large amounts of data very quickly over short distances. So that means more towers would have to be installed. The towers wouldn’t have to be the standard height they are now. So they could be installed on existing power poles, light poles, etc. The increase of antennas would be astronomical.

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    Steven Quinn August 8, 2017 at 2:07 pm #

    How o you know what state have the testing for the 5g. I love to test my network on it.

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    mr Dave August 8, 2017 at 2:42 pm #

    I still have my doubts as to weather 5g will deliver the holy grail (ISP competition). Verizon has never been known to be aggressive on price, or a consumer’s friend and with their recent acquisitions they seems to want to go up channel and concentrate more on media/content services rather than stand alone Broadband. Plus I’m not sure that wireless could handle the volume that coax delivers if all that traffic was switched over.

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      vrm August 12, 2017 at 1:56 pm #

      Most of the devices being sold do not support CA of all frequencies even for ONE carrier. Many do not support VoLTE. VoLTE is very unreliable whenever I tried to use it. So even before anyone properly implemented 4G or LTE-A “technologies” and derived any perceived benefits from them, they are moving on to 5G ! Much like they did with 3G- half baked implementations done poorly and then blaming the tech for their failures, only to move on to further failure.

      All this drives up costs for the telcos which they have to pass on to consumers or get handouts from the govt (which is the same as the consumers). I’ll be happy to get a good EDGE network with a great backhaul and receive 256-512 kbps reliably. Screw everything else- I am not interested in streaming the Kardashians on my smartphone.

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    Joseph ewing August 9, 2017 at 9:14 am #

    It’ll likely be expensive and have data caps. I can’t imagine this being of use for cord cutters.

    Even current unlimited cell plans can throttle after 22-23 gigs. Damn, I use more that daily.

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    vrm August 12, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

    Can someone explain to me WHY an average home needs 1 Gbps connection to the internet ?