On Thursday, Verizon Wireless launched HomeFusion Broadband, a service that provides high-speed in-home Internet access using its 4G LTE network.
According to Verizon Wireless (New York) HomeFusion Broadband is an alternative for residential broadband, especially in areas with limited broadband choices. The service provides connectivity for a range of devices, including computers and gaming consoles, using the Verizon 4G LTE network, which is now available in 230 markets covering more than two-thirds of the population in the United States.
HomeFusion Broadband uses a professionally installed, cylinder-shaped antenna attached to a customer’s home. The antenna’s design includes multiple internal antennae, allowing the device to pick up the best Verizon 4G LTE signal available and transmit it to a broadband router inside the home, says the company. The router can connect up to four wired and at least 20 wireless devices inside the home using Wi-Fi.
In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon 4G LTE customers, including HomeFusion Broadband customers, should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
Customers who choose HomeFusion Broadband can opt for one of several usage-based plans specifically designed for the service: $60 monthly access for 10 GB of data, $90 monthly access for 20 GB or $120 monthly access for 30 GB ($10 per GB after allowance). A one-time equipment fee of $199.99 applies and installation is free, says Verizon. Customers get 50% more data allowance for the first two full billing cycles of service.
HomeFusion Broadband has been available in six markets since March, and beginning Thursday, it can be purchased in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores.