Verizon targets rural customers with ‘HomeFusion’ LTE solution; anticipates five-fold increase in LTE data traffic by 2015

7 Mar 2012

Verizon Wireless has announced the introduction of ‘HomeFusion Broadband’, a new service that leverages its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to provide a reliable internet solution for households in areas with limited fixed line broadband connectivity options. HomeFusion will see Verizon’s LTE network delivered to a cylinder-shaped antenna which transmits the signal to a broadband router inside the home; the router can connect up to four wired and at least 20 wireless devices inside the home via Wi-Fi. Customers can choose from several usage-based plans, beginning at USD59.99 monthly access for 10GB of data; a one-time equipment fee of USD199.99 applies, but installation is free. HomeFusion will be made available later this month in Birmingham, Alabama, Dallas, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee, with additional markets set to follow. Verizon’s LTE network is currently available in 196 cities and 122 major airports, covering more than 200 million Americans; coverage is expected to surpass its existing 3G footprint by end-2013.

However, the HomeFusion solution is unlikely to attempt to replace its current ADSL offerings with LTE in the near future; earlier this week Fierce Wireless reported that Verizon expects data traffic on is LTE network to exceed that of its CDMA EV-DO network in early 2013. According to a recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filing made by Verizon, Bill Stone, the company’s executive director of network strategy, said that Verizon’s current spectrum holdings ‘will not provide sufficient capacity to meet the growing demand for mobile broadband – 4G, in particular – by 2013 in some areas and by 2015 in many more … Our usage projections suggest that traffic on our LTE network will surpass data usage on our EV-DO network in early 2013. By year-end 2015 our LTE data traffic is projected to be five times the peak data traffic ever carried on our 3G EV-DO network. The impact of that growth rate compounds, resulting in a more than 20-fold increase in LTE data traffic from year-end 2011 to year-end 2015.’

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