Verizon launches 5G Nationwide network2020-10-14 17:45 by Daniela
Tags: Verizon, 5G
Verizon is making a big expansion of its 5G network: the carrier is now rolling out nationwide support for the new networking standard, which will reach more than 200 million people.
The newly enabled 5G runs on the same spectrum bands used by Verizon for 4G, so it won't be nearly as fast as Verizon's millimeter-wave version of 5G. Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said in May that 5G users on the non-millimeter-wave bands will see only a "small" upgrade at first.
"It's always been our intention to add that coverage layer along with the Ultra Wideband experience," said Heidi Hemmer, VP Technology at Verizon, noting that third-party firms still rank the performance of Verizon's 4G LTE network highly, sometimes finding it to be faster than a rival's 5G service. "We have built that 5G nationwide network on top of the best 4G network."
The 5G Nationwide service is enabled by Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS), a technology defined by 3GPP that Verizon promised to launch before year's end. Timing it with the launch of the 5G iPhone was no accident; the carrier couldn't very well market a 5G iPhone with the minimalist coverage that its millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum provides.
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