Originally Posted by kevini
5G will also use the 28Ghz and 37-40Ghz millimeter bands.
It is also point to point of course and will require a lot of very small cells. Effectively Fiber to the pole and then Wireless to the user. The caps will be a wireline level since effectively it is only wireless in the last quarter mile. More in rural areas.
Verizon's initial focus for 5G is fixed wireless to start with so fixed broadband is absolutely their focus. Especially outside their wireline coverage zone like ours. They can compete with at&t effectively. at&t is pushing Fiber now for this reason I believe.
Thing is, Verizon wouldn't bring Fios to AT&T areas and vice versa. Almost seemed like collusion that they wouldn't compete against each other.
So what would change now? Yes it would be a lot cheaper to deploy than stringing wire to each home but they'd have to increase their backhaul capacity if they take on millions of home users who are looking to connect their computers and multiple devices to one account, versus the 2 GB data caps that they allot to each device and for which they get incremental revenue.
Think about it. They get $50-100 for each mobile device with 1 GB to "unlimited" data per month. So are they going to offer a $50-80 home service where there could be multiple devices which collectively use hundreds of gigs a month?
Plus, Verizon and AT&T ideally would need to bundle a TV service of some kind. I guess Verizon would partner with Comcast for AT&T areas? Or would they have to negotiate TV rights with the media companies again (I remember when Uverse first started, the cable companies fought them in almost every state, unsuccessfully, to deny them TV distribution deals).
You also seem to imply that 5G will require more cells than LTE? Is that correct, each 5G base station will have a smaller footprint? In any case, if they add thousands of home customers, they will need more base stations in a given area to increase overall network capacity.
EDIT: Did a quick Google. Verizon is aiming to do home trials in 11 markets this year and in fact, they envision fixed home wireless service well before 5G for mobile, because mobile chipsets won't support 5G data for at least another two years:
So maybe they will use this home service to finance some of the network buildout before mobile devices are ready in 2019 or 2020. And yes with the higher frequencies used, they will need a more dense network of base stations, maybe one every half mile, unless they can connect homes which have a direct line of uninterrupted sight to the base station.
AT&T is talking 2019 and T-Mobile is saying they're only doing mobile, no home service, because they just won rights to 600 Mhz spectrum in a recent spectrum auction, which will let them deploy fewer base stations to cover a give area.
I guess the pricing is still the interesting question, whether they will try to compete with Comcast or price their product as a premium offering. They say minimum 1 Gbps and often faster with good reception so I can see them pricing it higher, especially if with that high speed, you get more generous or no caps. They might have to bundle services though in order to offer competitively priced packages though.
While people like faster speeds, I think a lot of people will be price-sensitive, unwilling to pay over $100 just for data.