Mobile Devices

Verizon’s 5G now available to 230 million US consumers

18 December 2020

Verizon has added 24 million customers to its network that can access its 5G nationwide network bringing the total number of people that could connect to 5G networks to 230 million in the U.S.

While this does not mean this is how many people are using 5G but more of the potential of those who could use the next generation wireless technology if they own a 5G phone and use Verizon’s service.

The expansion includes 5G service to Central Texas, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Upstate New York and the New England area for a total of 2,700 cities.

Verizon’s network architecture is built on a cloud-native containerized architecture, similar to the IP-based architecture used by most global tech companies. The technology uses dynamic spectrum sharing technology allowing 5G service to run piggybacked with 4G LTE on multiple spectrum bands.

The nationwide 5G network use virtualization all the way to cell sites at the edge of the network. Virtualizing the cell sites and functions decouples software and hardware functionality enabling the network to be built on common-off-the-shelf hardware for greater flexibility and agility in the introduction of new products and services, Verizon said.

Verizon’s 5G ultra-wideband network, which is the company’s millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum band, can reach up to 4 Gbps peak speeds in some locations. The technology combines multiple channels of spectrum for efficient data sessions over the wireless network. Millimeter wave can double the download speeds in some areas and a boost in speeds with two carrier aggregation now available for uploads.

In addition to expanding the number of people that can have access to 5G, Verizon has been expanding its 5G technology testing since launching service in 2019 to include new application testing for robotics and self-driving cars, 5G fixed wireless access broadband for the home, indoor trials for mmWave to expand the coverage of the technology and developing 5G to help first responders improve efficiencies during emergencies.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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