Verizon is addicted four more cities to the 5G network. Starting today, customers in Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis and Washington, DC can connect to the company's latest wireless network. The additions mean that Verizon's 5G network is now available in nine US cities, after it was previously rolled out in Denver, Providence, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Chicago. Verizon says his 5G network will be live in more than 30 cities by the end of the year.
When we tried the network in Chicago ourselves, we found that it could reach speeds of up to a gigabit per second. However, the dependence on the use of mmWave technology ensured that these speeds were concentrated in very specific areas and that coverage in buildings did not in principle exist. Verizon's guidelines on its 5G coverage in Washington, DC illustrate the problem because it lists very specific locations where you can connect to the next-gen network:
In Washington DC, consumers, businesses, and government agencies initially have access to Verizon's 5G Ultra Wideband service in areas such as Foggy Bottom, Dupont Circle, Cardozo / U Street, Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, Le Droit Park, Georgetown Waterfront, Judiciary Square, Shaw, Eckington, NOMA, National Mall and the Smithsonian, Gallery Place / Chinatown, Mt. Vernon Square, Downtown, Penn Quarter, Brentwood, Southwest Waterfront, Navy Yard and nearby Crystal City, VA, as well as around attractions such as the Ronald Reagan National Airport, the Botanical Gardens of the United States, the Hart Senate Building, the National Gallery of Art , Lafayette Square, The White House, Freedom Plaza, Farragut Square, George Washington University, Capital One Arena, Union Station, Howard University Hospital, George Washington University Hospital and Georgetown Waterfront Park.
Descriptions for Atlanta, Detroit and Indianapolis are equally specific.
City-wide 5G range is still a long way off, but our experience suggests that if you manage to find the right location, it will feel just like the generation jump that the name suggests it should be.