A new option for the Internet at home.
I'm currently on the negative side of 5G, mainly because I think carriers, phone manufacturers and chipset makers are outperforming the first round, but there's one more piece of it that I'm really looking forward to. Since Verizon 5G becomes a real thing over the next few years, it does not just mean faster mobile internet on your phone. It also means another internet option for the home.
When Verizon starts creating its new 5G network for mobile phones and your smartphone, it will offer an in-home Internet option that runs on the same 5G network. Verizon repeated this news to PCMag this week, noting that they consider their 5G network "a 5G-based network supporting multiple use cases."
This is important for the beginning of urban areas. Many of them have no choice for the Internet at home. For example, I live in Portland, near downtown, and have two options: Comcast or CenturyLink. I go with Comcast because due to the specific location of my home it's impossible to get a CenturyLink fiber optic cable from the street post to it. The CenturyLink Internet is just here, so until about a year ago, Comcast was my only legitimate choice. Without competition, I can not imagine that I pay a reasonable price for my gigabit gigabit service.
And we do not think we're talking about a weak hotspot Internet, as AT & T currently offers its 5G network. Verizon's first 5G Home offering, using non-standard millimeter-wave 5G (mmW), which will soon be converted to standards-based mmW 5G, is more like the traditional Internet. As a Verizon customer, you can pay $ 50 a month and get unlimited data, or $ 70 if you're not already at Big Red. Verizon says customers should be able to count on 300Mbps speeds, which can be around 1
Adam Koeppe, Verizon's vice president of technology planning, said this week that they will continue to use the mmW spectrum for their 5G home Internet solution, so customers will not have to worry about slow speeds because of the network load. Instead, he said that they have a wide range of mmW and "give the customer what he needs when needed."
Now I mentioned above that this will initially benefit urban areas because Verizon will use mmW in urban areas first. Millimeter Wave is designed for densely populated areas that need to support a large number of connections simultaneously. With mmW 5G in those areas, it only makes sense that Verizon then offers an Internet home-based solution that can use it.
We have no idea if Verizon's prices will be changed in 5G homes in Sacramento and Houston or other countries remain the same reasonable level. All I know is that I'm ready to ride something if it brings the speed they promise right now, and help me get out of Comcast's death grip.