It’s barely a secret that Verizon is currently rushing to get 5G coverage to most parts of the U.S. before the end of the year. In that effort, the company has now announced the arrival of 5G in five cities of the U.S. including Miami, Salt Lake City, Charlotte, Grand Rapids, Greensboro, and Spokane. While the coverage is now officially available in these regions, don’t expect to find high-speed 5G coverage in all the cities mentioned on the list. 5G connectivity will be limited to some parts of the cities, although Verizon hopes to have nationwide 5G coverage soon.
The carrier planned to have coverage in 30 cities by the end of 2020, which doesn’t seem all too ambitious now given that it’s only two cities away. For those unaware, Verizon uses the ultra-wideband 5G which isn’t conducive for quick expansion like with 3G or 4G LTE networks, for example. This means 5G rollouts by the carrier will remain focused on important parts of the cities.
As for Miami, Engadget reports that customers should be able to find coverage in key areas like American Airlines Arena, Hard Rock Stadium and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Verizon recently launched 5G coverage in Los Angeles, although it was only spotted in parts of downtown LA as well as Chinatown, Del Rey, and Venice.
Some carriers also offer lower-band 5G, like T-Mobile for example, which began the rollout of its 600 MHz 5G signals in early December. But the downside here is that 600 MHz networks offer significantly slower speeds compared to mmWave based networks.
As for available 5G devices, Verizon currently offers the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, and the LG V50 ThinQ 5G. Phones like the Moto Z2, Z2 Force Edition, and the Moto Z3 can access the carrier’s 5G networks by attaching the 5G Moto Mods accessory.