Verizon begins 5G internet to Philadelphia homes, competing with Xfinity broadband
Verizon has launched 5G wireless home-internet service in Philadelphia. It’s not available to all city residents because of where the company has placed small cell towers on telephone poles and city property. But it is competing with Comcast Corp.’s Xfinity service.
To qualify for a discounted price of $25 a month with Verizon, a new customer must subscribe to a Verizon unlimited mobile plan. Otherwise the price is $50 a month.
5G wireless to homes is the latest battleground between telecom and cable companies. Mobile phone companies have invested in wireless spectrum and small cells to expand high-speed internet services to residences, competing with cable companies that dominate the internet-to-home market with wires.