Verizon is carrying on its ever-so-steady 5G launch in 3 cities. The wireless ultra wideband connectivity is now live in “areas of” Houston, Boston, and Sioux Falls—particularly, the 5G deployments of the carrier in each area. Normally, though, there are catches. Apart from needing a supporting handset, you will have to venture to some very particular regions if you expect to take benefit of that additional speed.
The initial service will majorly be obtainable around chief landmarks in every city. The coverage in Boston will aim around Beth Israel Hospital, Fenway Park, and schools such as Harvard Medical School and Northeastern University. The coverage in Sioux Fall will include places such as the Washington Pavilion and Orpheum Theatre. And in Houston, it will revolve around regions of Uptown, East Downtown, and places such as BBVA Compass Stadium and NRG Stadium, but not Minute Maid Park—you can receive 5G when you are going to a Texans game.
You can hope for a flurry of extra cities before the end of this year. The firm still aims to have 5G in more than 30 cities by the end of 2019, and it is presently residing at 18. The actual challenge might be extending coverage inside the cities. 5G is very small-ranged, and it might take a long time prior to you can just presume you will have 5G when you go out.
On a related note, 7 months after it first rolled out its 5G network in the US, Verizon this week shared coverage maps for all 18 regions in which it presently provides the 5G connectivity. The maps make it clear why the firm was possibly reticent in the first place to share them. Outside of New York and Chicago, there is not much to see currently.