Verizon turned on its 5G in parts of Boston, Houston and Sioux Falls, SD Tuesday. This brings the total number of cities with the carrier’s faster network to 18, with plans to reach 30 by year-end.
Verizon said the 5G Ultra Wideband service will be available in limited areas at first, based on where the carrier can construct small cells, reported Chron.
Boston Verizon customers with 5G phones can see the faster speed in the Fenway area, including along Brookline Avenue near Beth Israel Hospital, as well as around Fenway Park and Northeastern University.
In Houston, 5G is available in East Downtown, Uptown, Greenway Plaza, the Museum District and Rice Village, and around landmarks such as The Galleria Mall, NRG Stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium and Rice University Stadium.
Verizon customers in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, can use the 5G Ultra Wideband service in the downtown area around such landmarks as Levitt at the Falls, the Orpheum Theatre, Washington Pavilion, the State Theatre, and the U.S. Federal Courthouse.
Heidi Hemmer, Verizon’s vice president of network technology, said the company plans to expand its 5G footprint in Houston and expects to include frequencies that can better penetrate barriers. Hemmer added that 4G Verizon customers should expect a boost in speeds as the network ramps up to handle 5G. “In our testing, we’ve seen speeds as high as 400 Mbps on 4G,” she said.
November 21, 2019