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Astound Internet vs. 5G home internet

See how the nation’s #1 Cable ISP** compares to 5G home internet.

See how we compare

Don't let a tree get in the way of your home internet

With 5G home internet, obstacles like trees or buildings can slow down your connection.

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Fiber-powered internet vs 5G home internet

Astound’s ultra-fast internet is powered by a wired cable or fiber connection that provides a more consistent performance and is less vulnerable to signal interference than a wireless connection. Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), also called 5G home internet, is a wireless technology that uses 5G technology. Since 5G signals are airwaves, data transmission rates are typically slower than wired connections.

See how fiber-powered internet stacks up against 5G home internet

‡Astound Internet is powered by fiber and connected to the premises via coaxial connection. **A trademark of Ziff Davis, LLC. Used under license. Reprinted with permission. Where available. © 2023 Ziff Davis, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
^^Available in select areas.

^Claims from Opensignal analysis – USA: Fixed Broadband Experience Report May 2023, based on independent analysis of measurements recorded during the period October 1, 2022 – March 29, 2023 © 2023 Opensignal Limited.

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Features and benefits of Astound home internet

Astound’s wired connection ensures a smoother online experience even during peak hours. 5G home internet can suffer from signal interference and slower data transmission due to its wireless nature.

Features and benefits

Astound
5G home internet

Fast Gig download speeds everywhere
Higher download speeds at peak times
More reliable speeds 24/7
Ability to choose your internet speed tier
Deep fiber-powered network
Wired connection straight into your home
Smoother video and gaming connections
Consistent performance connecting dozens of devices
Secure WiFi that’s as smart as your home
Features and benefits

Fast Gig download speeds everywhere
Astound
5G home internet

Features and benefits

Higher download speeds at peak times
Astound
5G home internet

Features and benefits

More reliable speeds 24/7
Astound
5G home internet

Features and benefits

Ability to choose your internet speed tier
Astound
5G home internet

Features and benefits

Deep fiber-powered network
Astound
5G home internet

Features and benefits

Wired connection straight into your home
Astound
5G home internet

Features and benefits

Smoother video and gaming connections
Astound
5G home internet

Features and benefits

Consistent performance connecting dozens of devices
Astound
5G home internet

Features and benefits

Secure WiFi that’s as smart as your home
Astound
5G home internet

Astound provides a more consistent connection than T-Mobile and Verizon 5G home internet nationally

With Astound you get less lag while gaming, stutter-free streaming and flawless video calls when compared to 5G home internet nationally. Throughout the day, 5G home internet and mobile phone users compete for cell tower capacity, making it prone to inconsistency.

Astound provides a more consistent connection nationally than T-Mobile and Verizon 5G home internet services based on Opensignal data.

Broadband Delivers Consistent Quality

Table recreated by Astound, based on Opensignal Data collection period:
1 October 2022 – 29 March 2023 © Opensignal Ltd.

Opensignal is the leading global provider of independent insights and data integrating network experience and market performance across converged, wireless and broadband operators.

Note: The percentage overlap is where providers’ service areas directly overlap across four key measures of broadband network experience.

Source: Claims from Opensignal analysis and Astound analysis of Opensignal data, including — USA: fixed Broadband Experience Report May 2023, based on independent analysis of measurements recorded during the period October 1, 2022 — March 29, 2023, © Opensignal Limited.

Readers Choice - 15 Time recognized
PCMag Fastest ISP 2023
Readers Choice - 9 Years in a row
PCMag Best Gaming ISP 2023

Get internet service that delights

For nearly a decade, customers consistently rated Astound Broadband
one of the best ISPs in the country.

A trademark of Ziff Davis, LLC. Used under license. Reprinted with permission. Where available. © 2023 Ziff Davis, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Astound Broadband beat Xfinity, Spectrum, Cox, AT&T Internet, CenturyLink, Rise Broadband, AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Optimum, and Armstrong Zoom in 10 categories in the 2023 PC Mag Readers’ Choice Awards.

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Ultra reliable video streaming

Astound has one of the best cable broadband networks nationwide for video streaming.*

*Source: Opensignal

Internet security your family can trust

Astound offers robust protection with a VPN, password manager, content filtering, antivirus and anti-malware tools to ensure a secure online experience.

eero Plus is available for an additional $9.99/month and requires subscription to whole home WiFi powered by eero.

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Frequently asked questions

5G home internet uses 5G technologies from wireless cellular networks to deliver 5G internet into the home. Breakthroughs from 4G to 5G have enabled multiple data streams to be transmitted and received simultaneously.

5G home internet speeds range from 40 Mbps to 300 Mbps. However, 5G home internet speeds vary depending on signal strength, network coverage and device compatibility. Traditional home internet services, such as fiber or cable, offer speeds up to 2000 Mbps in select areas.

5G home internet speeds vary depending on congestion. During peak usage times or in densely populated areas, 5G internet speeds may be slower due to increased demand.

Fiber provides robust and consistent internet connectivity. It’s transmitted by light signals and electromagnetic interference rarely affects fiber cables – unlike other technologies.

As 5G home internet uses radio frequencies, the distances the signals can travel is limited. Buildings, trees and other objects block signals. The further you are from the radio towers, the weaker your internet signal will be.

Wired internet like fiber to the home gives you higher bandwidth, lower loss of signal, reduced latency (the time it takes for data to travel from one point to another), and greater reliability.

Compared to a cable or fiber ISP, 5G technology is less expensive to distribute. However, it’s more costly for individual users. 5G internet is not uniform in speed, meaning that obstacles, coverage, distance from towers or transmitters and other factors influence your actual experience of internet speed in the home.

The major networks providing 5G internet offer prices ranging from $25 to $70, which may include discounts depending on the carrier. However, it’s important to note that some providers include data caps in their plans.

After using a predetermined amount of GB, your ISP will deprioritize your connection, meaning your speeds will be much slower. If you think you’ll be streaming, gaming, or working from home and need a stable connection—a fiber-powered connection will deliver consistent speed.

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Disclaimers

*Internet speeds may vary & are not guaranteed. Certain equipment may be required to reach advertised speeds. DOCSIS 3.1 modem with 2.5GE physical LAN port is required for 1 Gigabit speeds and higher. See astound.com/yourspeed for why speeds may vary. To view Astound’s FCC Network Management Disclosure see astound.com/policies-disclaimers. Modem required for Internet service. No contract required. Subject to availability. We substantiate that the cable modem equipment provided, and the configuration of such cable modem, meets the broadband speeds advertised when attached to a wired connection based on SamKnows testing procedures.

Not all services, speeds, packages, equipment, channels, tiers, pricing, streaming services, product offerings and product features are available in all areas. Offers valid only for new residential customers or previous customers with account in good standing who have not had our service within the last 60 days. All names, logos, images and service marks are property of their respective owners. Other restrictions may apply.

A trademark of Ziff Davis, LLC. Used under license. Reprinted with permission. Where available. © 2023 Ziff Davis, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Speed depends on many factors, including location. Typical download speeds for 5G home internet range between 72 – 245 Mbps and 50 – 300 Mbps, as published on 5G home internet providers’ websites.

‡Astound Internet is powered by fiber and connected to the premises via coaxial connection.