Verizon's 5G network spreads to more... stadiums, many more cities coming soon

Verizon's 5G network spreads to more... stadiums, many more cities coming soon
Less than two weeks after a heated Super Bowl during which it managed to win the download speed battle (at least in the small parts of the Hard Rock Stadium where football fans actually got a 5G signal) while losing the overall network quality war, Verizon continues its slow "5G Ultra Wideband" rollout.

There are no new names to add to the list of Verizon 5G-supporting cities, mind you, with the nation's largest wireless service provider focusing instead on "enhancing the fan experience and changing the way businesses operate in arenas and stadiums." All in all, Big Red's mmWave-based 5G network is now accessible in 24 professional football stadiums and indoor arenas primarily used for hockey and basketball games around the country.

That's not a bad count, rising from 13 NFL stadiums just a few months ago, but although Verizon is oddly silent on the matter in its latest press release boasting this new number and the potential of its blazing fast 5G network to "transform sports and entertainment", the truth is coverage remains awfully limited and fickle even across the same arena.

 

As perfectly illustrated by T-Mobile before and during the big game between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, getting a steady 5G signal can be quite hard for Verizon customers and maintaining it often proves outright impossible.

That's because the aforementioned high-frequency millimeter wave technology is terrible at passing through even the most basic obstacles, including people, but thanks to its undoubtedly drastic speed upgrades, this is still considered the only way to "build 5G right." Obviously, T-Mobile does not agree, employing a radically different 5G rollout strategy reliant on low-band spectrum in its first stage for a modest speed improvement that the entire nation can experience straight off the bat.

For its part, Verizon can at least promise to double the current number of cities (partially) covered by its high-speed 5G Ultra Wideband network by the end of the year while also bringing the service to larger parts of the places where the technology has already launched.

Unfortunately, we can't tell you exactly where to expect the network to expand and when that will happen in 2020, but the 31 cities covered at the end of 2019 are set to become 60 in the not-so-distant future, which is certainly... something.

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5 Comments

2. tuminatr

Posts: 1193; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

It's mostly advertising hype, but the big difference as I understand it is T-Mobile 5g is built with the same backhaul as its 4g network Verizon has a separate backhaul for its 5g. Launching this way does give T-Mobile the ability to launch quickly and have nationwide 5g but when that network starts being utilized it needs to handle the traffic from both networks and in many cases t-mobiles 5g is no faster than their 4g. Verizon has stated that they will launch both low band and continue to expand its mmWave network. Obviously, once 5g is mature the difference in backhaul will be a very big deal.

3. harrisvt

Posts: 24; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Actually tmos 5g is always faster than its 4g.....it may not be faster than Verizon's 4g. Its additive on top of existing 4g....ie they dont have 5g deployed anywhere they dont already have 4g and from what I've read from tmo they add 5g on top. I've seen numerous speed test with tmo 4g only phone and a 5g phone side by side and the 5g phone always pulls a higher speed. Again it's not always as fast as Verizon's 4g but it's always an improvement.

5. tuminatr

Posts: 1193; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Maybe, but I stand behind what I said. It's about Pipeline and what you have described illustrates that to an extent. I think we can assume that t-mobile has fewer subscribers on 5g than 4g so logically yes even with the same backhaul 5g should be slightly faster because the over the air network is less congested. Honestly, this is not a discussion worth having because both carriers will eventually have both mmWave and low band 5g. It will probably take both carriers the same timeframe to finish both networks.

1. TadTrickle

Posts: 177; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

6g will be a thing by the time Verizon is done with their 5g rollout

6. tuminatr

Posts: 1193; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Same can be said for T-Mobile and ATT none of these carriers are done my any means

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