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Verizon expands its 5G network into 3 more cities and releases the network coverage maps for the 5G network.
Fremont, CA: 5G or the fifth generation of the wireless networks have been under relentless development since the past decade. With promise of dramatically fast speeds, enhanced communications, and the network capacity to power everything possible has finally become a reality, if not throughout the U.S., at least across these cities including Boston, Houston and Sioux Falls, South Dakota recently and Chicago and Minneapolis since April of 2019, all rolled out by Verizon.
Verizon has begun its mobile 5G launch in 2018, and is expecting to launch a much comprehensive rollout in 2020. The company recently also expanded to 18 cities out of the targeted 30 and has also released a 5G coverage area map.
Unlike the initial 5G cities, the 5G network coverage in Boston, Sioux Falls, and Houston is limited to select parts and focuses more on the dense high-traffic public outdoor spaces that compromise landmarks.
The maps released by Verizon assists users to go online to see neighborhoods where the 5G service is available and even go to a level to looking through a street view. The maps depict the oasis of 5G coverage as the frequencies in the 28 GHz band have a limited transmission range and can are prone to blocked by disturbances easily, even foliage and buildings included.
Until now, the lack of published network coverage maps by Verizon was laughed upon by its competitor T-mobile, who has publicly criticized the company. The criticism went as far as a giant billboard in New York's Times Square and signs at a various bus stop with the slogan 'verHIDEzon.'
T-Mobile is a large carrier itself that has deployed a limited-service providing 5G in mmWave spectrum and has also promised a launch of broad 5G coverage using 600 MHz, guaranteeing access for more than 200 million people, all within December 6th.
At present, Verizon is using a 28 GHz spectrum. It has all intentions to leverage the dynamic spectrum sharing technology to broaden its 5G coverage by utilizing the current assets for both LTE and 5G NR.
Wells Fargo has mentioned in a note that the majority of Verizon's cell sites are software-upgradable to leverage DSS among its 5G and 4G networks. With more than 75 percent of the new cell sites directly linked to the fiber assets, Verizon is in a good position for the upgrade.
Verizon has also displayed interest in the 5G Home product powered by 3GPP NR standard, which recently rolled out in Chicago.
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