AT&T Internet Air faces some seriously stiff competition. First, there are the obvious cable and fiber broadband services—since Internet Air is currently only available in large metro areas, there’s a good chance potential customers have several speedy options to choose from. Internet Air’s primary advantages against these competitors are cost and simplicity—you don’t need any special wiring to your home to use it.
As the service expands into more rural areas, it’ll start competing with satellite internet and fixed wireless options like Rise Broadband. Satellite is typically much more widely available. It can also offer the flexibility of being portable, so you could use it in an RV or otherwise take it on the road with you. Of course, the tradeoff is that satellite is expensive.
Fixed wireless is usually relatively affordable but quite a bit slower than 5G. It also often comes with data caps that can be limiting for streamers and other heavy users. Don’t expect to binge-watch a new show every weekend.
However, AT&T Internet Air’s biggest competitors are definitely other 5G home internet services. Verizon and T-Mobile both offer excellent 5G options that are actually more affordable than Internet Air. They also tend to offer faster speeds—T-Mobile advertises over 200Mbps. Finally, both of these services are already available across much of the country.