As you might have already heard in conjunction with the Charter Communications and Verizon merger rumors that were swirling around earlier this year, wireless phone carrier Verizon is making a move that has the potential to change the way that high speed internet service is delivered to customers. While Comcast, AT&T and Google Fiber all try and figure out the best way to upgrade their network infrastructure to include fiber optic technology – which carries a very high cost associated with physical installation – Verizon is betting that there’s a better and more cost effective way to bring bandwidth to homes and businesses around the country.
And if you guessed that their model is based on wireless technology you would be right. Just like you are able to browse the internet and send emails from your phone using Verizon’s 4G LTE network, Verizon believes they can deliver super-fast internet service to your home or office using their brand new 5G wireless technology. Over the past year, Verizon has invested in several hundred cell sites with 5G transmitters in 11 test markets. Based on some pre-market studies, Verizon is hopeful it can deliver multi-gigabit per second speeds to residences and businesses using 28GHz frequency airwaves to communicate with a fixed point such as your home router.
And although the St. Louis metro area is not one of Verizon’s 11 test markets for high speed internet service, if this proves to be a viable means by which to efficiently and effectively transfer data, we don’t see any reason why Verizon wouldn’t move quickly to bring this to market in more cities. After all, even if you live or work in an area that is slated for a fiber optic upgrade from your current internet provider, who knows how long it will be before they’re actually done installing the infrastructure and have the ability to bring service to your residence or office space. This is definitely a technology to watch in 2017!