Verizon 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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