In 2018, Starry began aggressive promotion of its 5G service for building-top antennas that distribute the signal over the residential buildings existing wired network in areas of Boston and reaching out to other major US metropolitan areas. Starry’s network approach allows far fewer 37 GHz base stations to distribute internet via the AESA antennas on the buildings from the base stations. The earlier proposed Starry end user window units have not yet been publicly shown.
Starry may have the benefits of far lower infrastructure cost than legacy wireless carriers. Legacy carriers have the advantage of oceans of capital, lease leverage via long relationships with municipalities and site managers. Starry is another option for urban fixed wireless internet in apartment buildings and business complexes. Major carriers have shown they can withstand the wounds from technologies that ultimately were supplanted, such as WiMax or the costly, lengthy transition of LTE Band 26 from 25 kHz CMRS channel legacy two-way dispatch to LTE.