Verizon has announced the addition of five new cities to its 5G Business Internet service: Gresham, Oregon; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Austin, Texas; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Nashville, Tennessee. The fixed wireless internet product is now available in 42 other cities.
Fixed wireless internet is exactly what it says on the tin: It's a home (or business, in Verizon's instance) internet service that connects your home to Verizon's 5G cellular data network rather than a network of cables. T-Mobile, like Verizon, offers fixed 5G internet, although their product is primarily aimed at customers.
"The rollout of 5G Business Internet is ahead of plan, and we'll keep adding new cities throughout the year, but this is only the beginning. The impending deployment of our new spectrum holdings will be a primary driver of 5G fixed-wireless growth, according to the company "In a news statement, Verizon Business Chief Revenue Officer Sampath Sowmyanarayan said.
Verizon's 5G FWI makes use of its ultra-wideband 5G connection, which is supposed to be substantially quicker than a conventional 5G connection but has a limited range as a compromise. In other words, it's ideal for both offices and residences.
Verizon is rapidly increasing its 5G offerings: Only a few months earlier, in April, the company announced the addition of 21 new markets to its 5G Business Internet coverage map. Verizon stated in its announcement that it intends to expand as it "readies deployment of its recently acquired C-Band assets."
The C-band is a signal bandwidth extension that exists between 3.7 and 3.98 GHz and is aimed to improve 5G channel access by broadening 5G channels. A C-band auction for frequencies between the aforementioned GHz will take place in early 2021, according to Forbes contributor Bob O'Donnell, which is a critical component of most countries' 5G networks, excluding the United States.
"The good news for consumers and companies is that the release and use of these new frequencies should finally deliver the huge leap in 5G performance that we've all been waiting for," said O'Donnell.
Verizon also unveiled a new 5G Business Internet subscription that includes video and voice conferencing as well as internet access. At the same price as standard 5G Business Internet service, it includes BlueJeans Meetings by Verizon and one Verizon OneTalk line.
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