Verizon has expanded its 5G deployment to include parts of Boston, Houston and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, bringing its total deployment to 18 cities in the U.S.
Verizon said customers can now stream 4K movies with virtually no buffering, use video chat with near zero lag or use augmented reality (AR) with response in near real-time.
In Boston, 5G service is concentrated in the Fenway area, along Brookline Avenue near Beth Israel Hospital and around landmarks such as Fenway Park, Emmanuel College, Northeastern University, Simmons College and Harvard Medical School.
In Houston, service will be offered initially in East Downtown, Uptown, Greenway Plaza, the Museum District, Rice Village and around landmarks such as The Galleria Mall, NRG Stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium and Rice University Stadium.
In Sioux Falls, 5G service will be concentrated in the downtown area and around landmarks such as Levitt at the Falls, the Orpheum Theater, the Washington Pavilion, the State Theater and the U.S. Federal Courthouse.
Other cities where 5G service has been deployed include: Dallas; Omaha, Nebraska; Chicago; Minneapolis; Denver; Providence, Rhode Island; St. Paul, Minnesota; Atlanta; Detroit; Indianapolis; Washington D.C.; Phoenix; Boise, Idaho; Panama City, Florida; and New York City.
Verizon said it plans to roll out 5G to more than 30 cities by the end of the year, including: Charlotte, North Carolina; Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Des Moines, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; Little Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; San Diego and Salt Lake City.
Since launching service in April, Verizon has been active in its testing of 5G services and what the technology might do beyond increasing speeds for smartphones. The company has been looking to improve emergency services through 5G, launching 5G networks in 13 NFL stadiums, autonomous driving vehicle testing in Michigan, AR and factory automation in North Carolina.