Vivint Smart Home has rolled out a 5G home internet broadband service in the Salt Lake City metro area and has spun out the service into Vivint Internet.
The roll out of 5G gigabit class fixed broadband service comes after a pilot project in Lehi, Utah, using Vivint’s wireless mesh network.
Vivint said it is rolling out the fixed broadband service because there are communities that either have no access to high speed internet or only access to one provider. Additionally, the company believes it can bring internet service to areas without having to spend billions on infrastructure by using dark fiber and wireless technologies that are rapidly scalable and more affordable.
Vivint said its infrastructure model can be easily installed, without creating neighborhood eyesores. It works by connecting dark fiber into small towers that are installed on commercial buildings. These hubs provide internet to surrounding neighborhoods via a 5G wireless mesh network. Once a main tower is established, a surrounding neighborhood can be equipped with fiber grade internet access in a week.
The next steps will be to continue to build out neighborhood networks in Utah while at the same time exploring new regions to roll out 5G fixed wireless service in other parts of the U.S.