A little more than a year ago we were the very first to report
that Verizon was working with DirecTV on a fixed LTE trial that would provide residential LTE service using a home-mounted "cantenna." Back in December Verizon stated that those trials were over
. "One of our hallmarks is focus, and we're focused on getting (the marketing partnership with Comcast) up and running, and I can't do both, so we made our choice," Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said at the time
. Apparently, Verizon learned how to multitask.
The company has announced that they're planning to launch a fixed LTE service aimed at rural communities using the aforementioned house-affixed cantenna. Dubbed "HomeFusion," Verizon's charging users $200 for the antenna with a free installation. Verizon says users will see average speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
Monthly service starts at $60 a month but comes with a 10 gigabyte cap, something you'll eat through quickly in the age of Internet video. For hungrier users, Verizon will sell a 20 gigabyte plan for $90 per month, and a 30 gigabyte plan for $120 per month. Like Verizon's Wireless LTE service, they plan to bill overages at $10 each additional gigabyte.
HomeFusion's primary competitor will be Exede
, ViaSat's recent attempt at improving satellite broadband. Exede features speeds of 12 Mbps but with satellite's trademark high latency, and 7 GB ($50), 15 GB ($80), or 25 GB ($130) usage caps. Satellite traditionally offers slow speeds, high prices, and incredibly low daily usage caps, making HomeFusion more appealing to some.
According to Verizon, HomeFusion Broadband will be available starting later this month in Birmingham, Dallas and Nashville, and the company hopes to have the service fully deployed to every LTE market by the end of the year.