Could 5G Revolutionize In-Home Internet Delivery?
As you already know, rampant cord-cutting is starting to erode cable’s grip on in-home entertainment. But many households that attempt to cut the cord still get stuck on the question of in-home internet delivery. Since most cable packages include the internet, dropping your cable provider means finding an internet workaround, which typically costs over half of the original cable bill you’re trying to get out of in the first place.
So what would happen if your telco carrier could provide in-home internet access that’s even faster than today’s fiber-optic lines for a small add-on charge in your cellular bill? That’s exactly the vision T-Mobile is teasing through their planned merger with Sprint. The new combined entity (assuming the DOJ approves) will have enough resources to expedite the build out of their new 5G broadband network. Since 5G will be several times faster than any current data delivery system out there, it should be able to provide high-speed internet access without a cord coming into your home. In fact, TMO estimates they’ll have 5G available in 52% of the US zip codes over the next few years.
If (when?) that happens cable-based ISPs could be in for a whole new level of cord-cutting pain.