T-Mobile today announced that it’s starting a limited wireless home internet pilot program which will lay the foundation for a home broadband “disruption.” This is an invitation-only pilot for in-home internet service on LTE. T-Mobile aims to connect up to 50,000 homes this year in rural and underserved areas of the United States. It’s part of T-Mobile’s plan to disrupt the home broadband market.


The company adds that the T-Mobile Home Internet pilot will be offered exclusively in areas where it can expect to deliver speeds of around 50 Mbps through fixed unlimited wireless service over LTE. Users will get unlimited data for $50 per month with AutoPay.

There will be no annual service contracts or equipment costs. It will be very simple to set up the in-home router. Pilot customers will also get a dedicated support team. T-Mobile says that the pilot is being opened up by invitation-only to existing customers in specific areas due to “LTE network and spectrum capacity constraints.”

The company adds that while it aims to reach 50,000 households or less than 0.04 percent of U.S. households by the end of this year, if its merger with Sprint is approved, the added scale and capacity will enable it to cover more than half of U.S. households with 5G broadband service by 2024. That service would deliver speeds in excess of 100 Mbps.

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