How 5G Wi-Fi Will Change Home Internet
If you are plugged into technology news, you’ve undoubtedly heard about 5G technology. Most of the coverage has focused on the smartphone market and how this new technology will change the way that consumers interact with their phones and the larger world.
However, little attention has been paid to the way that 5G Wi-fi will also affect your home life. 5G promises to offer a real alternative to traditional internet service providers (ISP). Furthermore, it will also make the vision of smart homes a reality over the next decade. Let’s take a close look at how 5G networks will change your home experience.
5G Wi-fi Will Introduce Competition
Perhaps the most exciting benefit of 5G Wi-fi is that consumers will finally have an alternative to the traditional ISPs. Complaints about your cable company and ISP have become a running joke in the United States. Internet service, even in major metro areas, is unreliable and dismally slow. What’s more, the customer service that these companies provide is often even worse. The introduction of 5G Wi-fi promises to change that dynamic.
Verizon has already announced plans to roll out its 5G Wi-fi (referred to as home broadband) service in 11 major US cities in late 2018. These cities include Los Angeles and Sacramento, CA, Houston, TX, and Indianapolis, IN.
Residents in these cities will receive access to the cutting edge 5G Wi-fi technology for just $70 a month. Current Verizon Wireless customers will receive the service for a discounted rate of $50. The company promises speeds ranging from 300 megabits per second up to 1 gigabit per second.
AT&T has also announced plans for a similar rollout. The company has identified a dozen cities for its initial rollout, including Dallas and Waco, TX, Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte and Raleigh, NC. The company hopes to offer speeds in excess of 1 gigabit per second. Residents in these areas can reach out to the company today for more information.
Traditional Internet Service Providers
Major ISPs like Comcast and Charter have begun to take notice. This new 5G Wi-fi offering by the cell phone providers will provide the first real competition for these ISPs.
Plagued by poor customer service and bad reputations among consumers, these companies will have to make major changes to stay competitive. Investors have announced doubts about the future of the cable and ISP industry. It remains to be seen how they will react. However, one thing is sure: more competition can only benefit consumers.