Verizon addresses one of the biggest criticisms of the company's growing 5G network: a lack of traditional coverage cards. As noted by PC Magtoday the carrier has finally published maps where customers in 5G cities can get blazing-fast data speeds from millimeter-wave technology. Earlier today, Verizon launched 5G in Boston, Houston and Sioux Falls. Service is now available in 18 cities and the company says it will reach 30 by the end of 2019.
Verizon continues to claim that the 5G places "in locations where more people can experience ultra-fast speeds together" – near places of interest and high-traffic areas in every market. Recently it brought 5G to sections of football stadiums. PC Mag
This is what the company's map for Manhattan looks like:
That is not bad. It is respectable if you include the range limits of millimeter waves. But 5G coverage varies widely elsewhere. Take the center of Brooklyn for example.
That is … much less good.
However, the Verizon maps show that coverage in cities continues to increase The edge has already visited like Chicago.
Most important of all is that early 5G users on Verizon finally have a solid reference for where they should be able to obtain a 5G ultra broadband signal. In our previous tests, the courier pointed us to certain street corners or tourist spots. Availability in most cities is still limited and the Verizon network is far from being a place where 5G customers have real mobility at this stage.
Its competitors, in particular T-Mobile, have ruthlessly mocked with Verizon as an incomplete 5G strategy that leans far too heavily on millimeter waves, which cannot cover entire regions and penetrate buildings such as LTE today. Other carriers use a combination of millimeter wave, mid-band and low-band spectrum to achieve a more robust 5G presence – although speeds decrease when millimeter wave cannot reach customers.
The 5G phone cup from Verizon currently contains the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G, the Galaxy S10 5G and the V50 ThinQ 5G from LG.