From Network Builder News:
Bringing 5G home: Verizon to sell 5G internet to consumers
Verizon is charging ahead with plans to launch home broadband service using 5G fixed wireless. The carrier has a long and spotty history of trying to offer home internet service using fiber; now it says it will launch broadband service based on 5G this year in four U.S. cities that aren’t served by FiOS. Los Angeles and Sacramento are the only cities Verizon has named so far.
Consumers who sign up will get internet service through their Wi-Fi routers, which will be connected by a cable to a 5G router. Samsung, which is making the 5G routers Verizon will use in Sacramento, told us it needs to be placed near a window and might need to be installed by a technician. The router connects via 5G to Samsung’s 5G small cell, a 13-inch box that integrates antenna, radio and baseband.
Verizon is using pre-standard 5G equipment in Sacramento, and has said it will eventually upgrade or replace it with standards-compliant radios. In Los Angeles and its other markets, the carrier hopes to mix in standards-compliant radios from the outset, if they become available in time.