VTEL Wireless can now deliver 100 Mbps to 80% of Rutland, Vermont. With help from Ericsson, this took less than 2 weeks. The company is contributing modems and service, the school district is providing Chromebooks. The kids are learning.
~8 million U.S. homes do not have cable or a decent landline. Most can be reached from existing towers and upgraded in weeks. It should be done, whether by T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, or regional carriers. Ajit Pai should make this so.
Massive MIMO, invented at Bell Labs in 2010 by Tom Marzetta, uses 32-128 small antennas to deliver multiple data streams where the local demand is highest,
About 8 million U.S. homes do not have a cable or other quality landline connection. A majority are served by 4G today, which in some locations provides speeds of 50-150 Mbps.
Upgrading existing towers to Massive MIMO 4G/5G is the best and fastest way to bring 100 Mbps to most of these homes. T-Mobile is already headed in that direction. Jeffrey Moore of Wave 7 Research follows the company. “I expect T-Mobile to focus the lion’s share of its home Internet efforts on rural and less densely populated markets, where traffic levels are far lower.”
It can be done in weeks and months, as VTEL demonstrates.
Important conflict of interest note: I have done some consulting for VTEL although I wasn't involved in this project.