Verizon has activated the 5G ultra wideband service in Columbus Ohio today December 23, 2019, Services can be found downtown Ohio state at Ohio State University, Italian Village, Easton, Polaris, Lewis Center and around several other landmarks. Verizon claims the new service allows for mobile speeds up to 1 Gbps on enabled 5G devices.
Verizon launched 5G in six more markets today, for a total of 10 launches this week alone and 28 so far in 2019. The latest cities to get Verizon 5G are Miami; Salt Lake City; Charlotte and Greensboro, North Carolina; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Spokane, Washington. They have promised to launch in at least 30 cities this year, so it is likely that there will be additional cities announced next week.
To utilize 5G, Verizon subscribers will need a 5G-capable phone like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G as well as an unlimited data plan. Verizon’s 5G coverage is not widespread and is limited to only parts of the cities, so users in the area should check coverage maps. While coverage is more limited than AT&T’s or T-Mobile’s respective 5G networks, Verizon’s 5G network is considerably faster.
Charlie Ergen said Dish plans to deploy 10,000 sites for its 5G network by the end of 2022, which analysts at New Street Research called “modestly negative” for towers, as the firm had previously assumed Dish would build 30,000 sites by 2023. Information was released at T-Mobile/Sprint merger.
Dish Network is seen as key to Sprint and T-Mobile’s merger fate since the “fix” reached by the U.S. Department of Justice includes Dish entering the wireless scene as a viable fourth competitor.
After launching 5G in Los Angeles yesterday, Verizon continued their speedy deployment this month by launching service today in Des Moines. Coverage maps are not available yet, but service is expected to be available in parts of downtown, East Village and West Des Moines and around popular landmarks like the Iowa State Capitol, Hyvee Hall, Wells Fargo Arena, Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Principal Park, Jordan Creek Town Center and MercyOne West Des Moines.
Des Moines is the 20th city in which Verizon has launched their service this year. Nicki Palmer, Verizon’s senior vice president of technology and product development, said recently that the carrier is on schedule to reach their goal of launching service in a total of 30 cities by the end of the year. They have not announced all 10 of the cities that will round up that group of 30, but they have confirmed that Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbus, Little Rock, Memphis and Salt Lake City are on the list.
Verizon is still rushing to meet its 2019 5G release goals. Today Verizon was able to cross off another big city. The cellular carrier has launched the 5G ultra wideband access in Los Angeles, areas included would be downtown, Chinatown, Del Rey, and Venice. You will have to stick to certain major locations to have a hope of getting those promised speeds.
The initial rollout focuses on landmarks like the Los Angeles Convention Center, Staples Center, Grant Park, and the Venice Beach boardwalk. You may notice the speeds if you’re attending a Lakers game or E3, then, but you won’t have much luck keeping a 5G signal as you walk to get your morning coffee.
AT&T’s consumer 5G network launches today, with the network going live in 10 cities and the $1,300 Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G officially on sale. AT&T previously made 5G available to select business users in a few markets around the country, but today is the first time consumers have the option of signing up. 5G is now available to AT&T customers with compatible phones in Birmingham, AL; Indianapolis, IN; Los Angeles, CA; Milwaukee, WI; Pittsburgh, PA; Providence, RI; Rochester, NY; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; and San Jose, CA.
The network launched today utilizes low-band 850MHz spectrum technology that has broader range but slower speeds than the fastest 5G service available from Verizon and to AT&T’s business customeres (which uses mmWave). The advantage to the low-band technology is that the coverage is much better, but it won’t be as fast as Verizon’s 5G service.
The company has also promised that “low-band 5G availability will continue to rapidly expand,” listing Boston, MA; Bridgeport, CT; Buffalo, NY; Las Vegas, NV; Louisville, KY; and New York City as being next on the list for launch in 2020.
On Wednesday the 11th after the BofA Global research said it was optimistic over the technology companies as Qualcomm is prospects to be selling 5G chipsets to Apple.
Qualcomm stock was up 2.6%, to $86.30, near midday Wednesday. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 0.2%.
The analyst said that starting next year, if all iPhone models include 5G capabilities, Apple could contribute nearly $4 billion in cumulative sales to Qualcomm by the fiscal year 2022. His model assumes $20 per Qualcomm 5G modem sold to Apple.
The Federal Communications Commission has launched its latest spectrum action, which makes available the next batch of high frequency millimeter wavelengths. The auction encompasses 3,400MHz of spectrum with licenses in the upper 37GHz, 39GHz and 47GHz bands, which are vital for 5G. These high frequencies allow for the speed and low-latency that make 5G such an improvement over 4G.
“These airwaves will be critical in deploying 5G services and applications,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement. “Auctioning the 39 GHz and upper 37 GHz bands together presents a critical opportunity for 5G deployment as it represents the largest amount of contiguous spectrum available in the millimeter-wave bands.”
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, as well as satellite provider Dish Network, have filed to participate in the auction. The providers will likely bid for several rounds, with the auction expected to complete early next year.
In 2018 Qualcomm met with hundreds of reporters and analysts on the sunny beaches of Maui to talk about how 5G would change the world in 2019-2020. The hype level was high. Then, reality hit. Network rollouts were met with delays, you needed a map to find coverage and consumers ended up more confused than excited.
5G promises to significantly increase cellular the speeds, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It can run 10 to 100 times faster than a typical cellular connection that is offered today, and it’ll also boost how fast a device will connect to the network with speeds as quick as a millisecond to start your download or upload. It’s the most significant advance in mobile network technology since the introduction of 4G a decade ago, and it could have major implications for how we live.
But for now, a lot of those promises remain unfulfilled. That hasn’t deterred Amon’s enthusiasm for the technology.
“You could argue that 200 million could be conservative, especially looking at China,” Amon said in an interview with CNET on Tuesday.
That’s an ambitious declaration for a technology that’s really just getting started. Even in Hawaii, at the Snapdragon Tech Summit, there are some doubts. “I don’t think it’s going to be mainstream,” said Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi. “But by the end of 2020, we will have a better feel for what living in a 5G world would look like.”
T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G service went live on Friday, and reports and reviews from early adopters are now rolling in.
While T-Mobile has promoted that their 5G service will be significantly faster than LTE (although not as fast as Verizon’s or AT&T’s 5G service, due to the frequencies being used), initial reports indicate that the real-world performance may not actually be dramatically better than LTE. A reviewer from CNET testing the service in New York City reported 5G download speeds between 20Mbps and 50Mbps, with some peaks above 100Mbps, but noted that his LTE speeds at the same locations were very similar. Their tester in Maui reported slightly more exciting results, regularly seeing 5G download speeds 100Mbps with peaks of 256Mbps, while their LTE speeds averaged lower and peaked at just 131Mbps.
For comparison, users of Verizon’s 5G network in New York often see speeds of 1Gbps outdoors. However, the coverage is poor and users can only access that type of service in a very limited range. T-Mobile’s 5G coverage and building penetration is much better, with users reporting similar 5G speeds indoors vs outdoors and no trouble maintaining connection as they moved around town.
T-Mobile’s 5G coverage seems to be living up to the company’s promises, which is a big advantage over other carriers. With regard to speed, though, it may not be worth upgrading from an LTE device just yet.