- Verizon will start offering wireless home broadband service in three to five cities in late 2018.
- The company will deliver the service using 5G networking technology, the next-generation wireless standard.
- Home wireless internet service like Verizon’s could increase competition, potentially leading to better pricing and performance.
You already go online via the cell phone companies’ wireless networks when you’re on your phone and away from home. Now Verizon wants you to get your house connected to the internet wirelessly too.
On Wednesday, the telecommunications giant announced it will start offering wireless home internet service in a handful of markets in late 2018. Verizon will offer the service using so-called 5G networking technology, a wireless standard that’s still in development but promises both faster speeds and less congestion than current 4G networks can deliver.
“This is a landmark announcement for customers and investors who have been waiting for the 5G future to become a reality,” Hans Vestberg, Verizon’s chief technology officer, said in a statement.
Verizon offered few details about the new service
Verizon plans to launch its new service in three to five cities, starting with Sacramento, California. It didn’t say in which other cities it would offer the service, how much the service would cost, or how fast users would be able to access the internet, saying only that it would provide more details “at a later date.”
The company also didn’t discuss exactly how it would deliver the service to customers’ homes. However, its concept resembles that of internet startup Starry.
To get broadband access, Starry customers place outside their homes an antenna that communicates via 5G with nearby cellular towers. The antenna delivers those signal to a combination modem and Wi-Fi router inside users’ homes.