Verizon is expanding its 5G Home and Ultra Wideband footprints this month. On January 14, 5G Home, Verizon’s 5G fixed wireless offer, will be available in parts of Arlington, TX; Miami; Anaheim, CA; San Francisco, and St. Louis. On January 28, the service will debut in Phoenix.
Ultra Wideband, a 5G mobile service, will launch in parts of Colorado Springs, CO; Columbia, SC and Knoxville, TN this month as well, though Verizon didn’t specify launch dates.
Verizon 5G Home service offers peak 1 Gbps downloads in some locations, and typical uploads of 300 Mbps. The stated goal is to create a 30 million homes passed Verizon 5G home footprint within seven years of the service’s 2018 launch.
New 5G Home Internet customers get an Amazon Smart Home Bundle. It includes Echo Show 5, Ring Stick Up Cam, Echo Dot and Amazon Smart Plug. Additionally, new subscribers get a year long subscription to the new discovery+ streaming service. The 5G Home Internet service is priced at $70/month, or discounted to $50/month for Verizon mobile subscribers.
“We ended 2020 with 2,700 cities with Nationwide 5G service serving 230 million people, 61 cities with Ultra Wideband service, and 12 cities with access to our 5G Home service and we’re not slowing down,” Verizon CTO Kyle Malady said in a press release. “We’re rolling out new services to more customers continuing the digital transformation Verizon has been driving.”
Earlier this month, Ronan Dunne, EVP & Group CEO – Verizon Consumer, outlined Verizon’s fixed wireless approach at the Citi 2021 Global TMT West Virtual Conference. That approach now includes both 4G and 5G versions.
Verizon has long tied 5G applications to enterprise applications and spends a lot of time and resources outlining use cases. Those applications extend to 5G fixed wireless as well. Last month, Verizon announced a deal with Walgreens Boots Alliance, the parent company of Walgreens and Duane Reade drug stores, which includes 5G fixed wireless connectivity.