Verizon plans to deploy 5G Home Internet in every city with mobile 5G

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Verizon Wireless home Internet is all set for expansion, but the availability of 5G is limited. According to Verizon, they will provide 5G home internet service in each market where it deploys 5G mobile service. Though Verizon’s early 5G launch is not in abundance yet it would make sure that at least people in each 5G mobile market would be able to purchase 5G fixed internet service which is alternative to cable internet.

Verizon Consumer Group CEO Ronan Dunne said in a recently held conference “You should expect that every market that opens a 5G mobility market will in due course be a 5G fixed wireless [market] because it is one network,”. Verizon last year introduced 5G Home to parts of four cities, Indianapolis, Houston, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, charging $70 a month for the service with no data caps and typical download speeds of 300Mbps.

Verizon intends to launch 5G mobile in parts of 30 cities by the end of 2019, and the company has done so in 10 of those cities so far. Those cities are Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Phoenix, Providence, Washington DC, Atlanta, Detroit, and Indianapolis. Other cities getting Verizon mobile 5G later this year include Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Des Moines, Houston, Kansas City, Little Rock, Memphis, San Diego, and Salt Lake City.

After a successful test of the home service in the four remote cities, Dunne said Verizon is “ready to go mass market” with 5G Home. The full commercial launch of the home service will happen in the end of 2019.

Early 5G deployments are limited

Verizon’s early 5G launches used millimeter-wave spectrum for both mobile and home service are widespread. These high-band frequencies have difficulties in covering large distances and indoor spaces. Reviewers of early Verizon 5G mobile deployments had trouble finding mobile signals, and Verizon’s 5G Home service only covered a part of each launch city.

5G biggest speed gains come on millimeter-wave spectrum bands because there’s simply more spectrum available in those higher frequencies. But carriers have accepted that millimeter-wave coverage won’t reach beyond densely populated cities. Verizon rolled out millimeter-wave 5G to 13 NFL stadiums. However, the network isn’t good enough to cover all of the seating areas in any one of those stadiums. In some of those cities, the stadium is the only place where Verizon 5G is available at all. If your home is in range of the Verizon network, it could be a good option since it’s a fixed connection rather than a mobile one that can vary widely in speed and availability as you move about a city.

In-home antennas

Verizon’s first 5G Home launch was based on its version of 5G instead of the 5G New Radio (NR) industry standard. But at the end of this year, Verizon will launch the first of our 5G Home markets that are on the NR platform as NR equipment is now becoming readily available.

The early deployments in four cities helped Verizon to understand how they develop their go-to-market and how they reach market street-by-street. The early deployment helped Verizon determine the right “balance between indoor and outdoor antennas and the percentage of those indoor antennas that can be self-activated rather than needing to have a truck roll. Nearly 80 percent of new 5G Home deployments rely on an antenna inside a customer’s home instead of outside. According to Verizon, the next generation of chips available in the first half of 2020 will bring higher power output to the home Internet service.

Peter is a software developer with hands-on experience in analysis, designing, development, and delivery of Android apps. His key skills include knowledge of Core Java, JSON & XML Parsing. He’s also a foodie. So, either you’ll find him at his desk busy in building interesting mobile apps or at a restaurant relishing some new cuisine. You can reach out to him at peterbrown_official@gmail.com

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