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How Fast Is 5G Home Internet?

You get solid speeds on this hot, new fixed wireless internet service.

5G home internet commonly gives you speeds around 100–300 Mbps. But 5G internet speeds can reach up to 1,000 Mbps, depending on the plan and quality of cell service in your area.

Since it works over a fixed wireless internet connection, 5G can be a little unpredictable—your 5G signal can be impacted by a range of factors that don’t come into play with wired internet types. But 5G internet is still fast and effective for many users. Here’s a guide to 5G home internet speeds and how they compare to fiber and cable internet.

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What speeds can you get from 5G home internet?

PlanAvg. measured download speeds*Advertised download speedsPriceOrder online
Verizon 5G Home Internet96.3MbpsUp to 300Mpbs (5G Home), up to 1,000 Mbps (5G Home Plus)$35.00–$80.00/mo.
T-Mobile 5G Home Internet Plus195.5Mbps72-245Mbps$70.00/mo.View Plan
T-Mobile 5G Home Internet Unlimited195.5Mbps72-245Mbps$50.00/mo. ($40.00/mo. w/ Magenta Max phone plan)View Plan
AT&T Internet Air80.0Mbps75–225Mbps$55.00/mo.§ ($35.00/mo. w/ qualifying wireless plan)View Plans

Depending on the type of 5G home internet, speeds range anywhere from 25 Mbps to 1,000 Mbps.

Tested 5G speeds over T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T hit an average of just under 124Mbps, according to a recent report from analytics firm Opensignal.

All three providers advertise faster top speeds, with Verizon going so far as to boast that you can get gigabit performance on its 5G Home Plus plan.

If that makes you suspicious, just know that there is validity to their claims. 5G home internet services are available to a finite number of customers in areas with well-built 5G networks, where you can often tap into faster speeds through access to mmWave and C-band signals. These supercharged signals help give 5G home internet the capacity to deliver speeds equivalent to what you get on an average cable internet plan.

Curious to see how fast your 5G internet is? Download our speed test app to find out.

Curious to see how fast your 5G internet is? Take a speed test to find out.


What’s the fastest 5G home internet plan?

Verizon 5G Home Internet Plus is the fastest 5G internet plan you can get. It has download speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps, which is excellent for large households and heavy-bandwidth activities like 4K streaming and downloading large files.

Can you get gigabit speeds on 5G home internet?

You can get gigabit speeds—or something close to it—on Verizon’s 5G Home Internet Plus plan, which according to Verizon, tops out at download speeds of 1,000 Mbps. However, it’s more common to get 5G speeds of 100–300 Mbps over a home broadband setup.

Can you get symmetrical upload and download speeds on 5G home internet?

Symmetrical upload speeds aren’t typically available on 5G internet. On all of the 5G internet plans we’ve researched, upload speeds are considerably slower than download speeds, similar to what you get from a cable internet plan.

If you want symmetrical uploads and downloads, we recommend looking for a fiber internet provider. Still, the upload speeds you get on 5G internet are going to be perfectly suitable for most users, supplying enough bandwidth to support routine Zoom calls, modest- to large-sized media uploads, and social media.

Is 5G home internet as good as cable or fiber internet?

5G internet is pretty much equivalent to what you get from a bottom- or mid-tier cable internet plan. But it’s not as fast as fiber internet, and the wireless network of a 5G plan isn’t as consistent as cable or fiber.

You can get relatively fast download speeds and slower upload speeds on a 5G home internet plan. But you can’t get symmetrical internet speeds, like you can with fiber internet. Also, speeds are more likely to fluctuate on 5G, since the connection runs over radio waves rather than through physical cabling. If you’re in an area with weak cell service, you may experience repeat drops in speed or even outages.

When it comes to pricing, 5G home internet service is way better than cable internet and pretty much as good as fiber. However, 5G internet has some technical drawbacks that you don’t find with cable or fiber internet.

How 5G internet is different from cable and fiber

  • Connection is wireless rather than wired
  • The 5G carrier provides equipment—you can’t buy your own modem or router
  • Prices come at a fixed rate, with no promo pricings or extra fees
  • Monthly fees are heavily discounted when you bundle with a cell phone plan

5G speeds vs. fiber and cable internet speeds

Connection typeAvailable
download speeds
upload speeds
5G home internet72–1,000Mbps15–50Mbps
Fiber internet100–10,000Mbps100–10,000Mbps
Cable internet25–2,000Mbps5–50Mbps

Unlike the usual fixed broadband internet types, 5G internet depends on cellular networks rather than wired networks of buried cables. Verizon uses its Ultra Wideband 5G network to provide service over millimeter-wave and C-band airwaves, making it capable of delivering really fast speeds and lowering latency. T-Mobile uses mostly mid-band 5G frequencies with slightly slower speeds but wider availability nationwide.

Speeds are generally consistent and fast over 5G, but the reliability of your connection depends a lot on the cell service and 5G signal strength in your area. In some areas, a 5G internet user’s speeds may slow down or speed up slightly throughout the week as the 5G network adjusts to factors like geographical landmarks, weather patterns, and network congestion across the neighborhood.

Pro tip:

If you need 5G internet for travel or remote work, look into getting a 5G hotspot instead of 5G home internet. Hotspots give you mobile broadband wherever you go, and 5G devices are much more powerful than your phone’s hotspot.

What is 5G home internet?

5G home internet is a relatively new type of internet service that gets you Wi-Fi access over a fixed wireless connection drawing from 5G mobile networks.

The term “5G” means it’s the fifth generation of wireless technology. 5G is most often used for cell phones, but 5G internet carriers like Verizon and T-Mobile have also developed services that deliver 5G broadband internet competitive with what you get from more traditional internet providers.

Although 5G coverage is mostly limited to major cities and urban areas (for now at least), 5G internet is growing in popularity among netizens in hundreds of major cities because of its solid 5G speeds and lower costs than many cable internet and fiber-optic internet options. It also does away with the price-gouging tactics commonly associated with more traditional internet providers—no need to worry about confusing promo prices, extra fees, or annual contracts.

Does 5G mean 5 GHz?

5G does not mean 5 GHz—these terms refer to two different things.

All modern Wi-Fi routers come equipped with at least one 5 GHz radio, which you can use to access the internet from computers, tablets, phones, and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

5G refers to a much larger array of wireless technologies, radio frequencies, and public infrastructure designed to propagate cellular signals on a wide scale.

How much bandwidth do you need?

Use our “How Much Internet Speed Do I Need?” tool to figure out what kind of bandwidth you need in your home. Then you can decide if you need the fastest 5G internet possible or if you’re better off saving money on something with slower speeds.


Does 5G home internet frequently disconnect?

One of our experts uses Verizon 5G Home Internet at home, and he’s noticed some things. While the connection is fast and reliable most of the week, occasionally he has to reset the router after it drops the Wi-Fi connection on some devices. As of recently, these dropouts have been happening about once a week—an issue he never had to deal with on his previous cable internet plan.

Other users in online reviews have mentioned similar issues, so disconnects may be a byproduct of the slightly more unpredictable nature of cellular-based fixed wireless internet.

That said, if you have good cell service in your area—and consistent 5G signal strength—it’s likely you get fairly consistent speeds over your 5G home internet service as well.

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Peter Holslin has more than a decade of experience working as a writer and freelance journalist. He graduated with a BA in liberal arts and journalism from New York City’s The New School University in 2008 and went on to contribute to publications like Rolling Stone, VICE, BuzzFeed, and countless others. At, he focuses on covering 5G, nerding out about frequency bands and virtual RAN, and producing reviews on emerging services like 5G home internet. He also writes about internet providers and packages, hotspots, VPNs, and Wi-Fi troubleshooting.

Editor - Rebecca Lee Armstrong

Rebecca Lee Armstrong has more than six years of experience writing about tech and the internet, with a specialty in hands-on testing. She started writing tech product and service reviews while finishing her BFA in creative writing at the University of Evansville and has found her niche writing about home networking, routers, and internet access at Her work has also been featured on Top Ten Reviews, MacSources, Windows Central, Android Central, Best Company, TechnoFAQ, and iMore.

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