Verizon Business has brought the 5G Business Internet fixed wireless offering to parts of five more cities. This brings the total number of markets served to 47. The cities are Gresham, OR; Albuquerque, NM; Austin, TX; Little Rock, AR and Nashville, TN.
Verizon Business also is packaging a BlueJeans Meetings by Verizon standard license and a Verizon One Talk line free for eligible customers signing up for and maintaining the Business Internet fixed wireless service. Two existing offers – a credit of as much as $1,500 to offset early termination fees for eligible customers switching to Verizon and a 10-year price lock – still are in effect.
Verizon Business Internet fixed wireless uses the company’s 5G Ultra Wideband, which uses higher-frequency spectrum that supports faster speeds. Verizon Business says it will continue expanding the service as the C-band spectrum it recently acquired becomes available.
“The expansion of 5G Business Internet is ahead of schedule, and we will continue to add availability in new cities throughout the year, but this is just the start,” Chief Revenue Officer Sampath Sowmyanarayan said in a press release. “The upcoming deployment of our new spectrum assets will be a major catalyst for 5G fixed-wireless growth.”
Verizon’s strategy, as elucidated by CEO Hans Vestberg at the J.P Morgan Technology, Media and Communications Conference in late May, is building a 5G mmWave and C-band mobile network and offering 5G fixed wireless as an “add on.”
Verizon is executing the strategy. Less than a month ago, it announced 18 more markets for the 5G Business Internet service: Ann Arbor, MI; Akron, OH; Fresno, CA; Spokane, WA; Columbia, S.C., St. Petersburg, FL; and Durham, N.C.; Milwaukee; Tampa, FL; Memphis; San Antonio; Columbus, OH; Raleigh and Greensboro, NC; Seattle; Tucson; Des Moines, IA and New Orleans.
When these markets were announced, Telecompetitor noted that they are outside of the carrier’s traditional northeastern footprint and that it is taking on the cable industry and using fixed wireless to do so economically. The five cities announced today fit that profile as well.