This year we saw the advent of the 5G smartphones and in next year manufacturers will be trying to make it more mainstream. Verizon announced today that it has successfully reached its goal of launching the service in more than 30 US cities by the end of 2019. In fact, 31 cities have access to Verizon’s 5G network, along with 15 NFL stadiums.
But that figure only shows a part of the reality. While 5G networks are blazingly fast, actual coverage is not like other networks and Verizon’s network is no exception. This is partly because America’s 5G tech uses millimetre wave technology which doesn’t travel as easily as other methods. The cities where Verizon’s 5G network is available is only limited to selected areas and is inconsistent.
Because of this, Verizon has provided coverage maps where it shows locations in the cities where 5G network is available. But even after that, these aren’t reliable which proves there is much work left to be done from the transition from 4G to 5G network. Beyond the 31 current cities, Verizon has promised 5G access for Kansas City and San Diego, through whether those two will have their networks before 2020 now remains to be seen.
The company is certainly making impressive effort to boost coverage. Last week, it announced three new 5G cities and today added three more: Hampton Roads in Virginia, Columbus and Cleveland in Ohio (the John Glenn Columbus International Airport has access, making it the first US airport to do so). You can take a look at the full list here.
If you happen to live in one of these areas, you can use the guide and test the 5G network for yourself. But remember that you will need an unlimited data plan that allows 5G access and one of the Verizon’s seven compatible 5G smartphone as well as patience to track down a steady connection.
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