On Tuesday, Verizon Wireless introduced a new service that provides high-speed in-home Internet access using its 4G LTE network. The service will offer households in areas with limited broadband options an alternative for data connectivity in their homes.
The 4G LTE network is delivered to an antenna which transmits the signal to a broadband router inside the home. The cylinder-shaped antenna is installed at the customer's home, and the product's design includes multiple internal antennae allowing the device to pick up Verizon 's (New York) 4G LTE signal, says the company. The broadband router can connect up to four wired and at least 20 wireless devices inside the home using Wi-Fi, including everything from computers to gaming consoles.
HomeFusion Broadband will be available beginning later this month in Birmingham, Ala., Dallas and Nashville, Tenn., with additional markets to follow. Verizon Wireless is working with Asurion, a consumer technology protection services company, for installation.
Customers can choose several usage-based plans, beginning at $59.99 monthly access for 10 GB of data, specifically designed for HomeFusion Broadband . A one-time equipment fee of $199.99 applies, and installation is free, says Verizon.
Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network now covers more than 200 million people in the United States. In real-world, fully loaded network environments, Verizon Wireless 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, says Verizon.