Verizon's 5G network can't cover an entire basketball arena, either

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 22, 2019

Verizon also announced that their 5G network will come with a Wi-Fi 6 router with Amazon Alexa built-in. A Verizon representative said existing 5G Home customers' equipment will be upgraded to the latest technology at no additional charge, as previously promised.

But there's a big caveat, just like there is with Verizon's 5G coverage in National Football League stadiums: Verizon 5G only covers some of the seating areas.

As Ars Technica points out, this isn't entirely surprising given that Verizon's early 5G is easily blocked by walls and other obstacles, and we've seen first-hand that 5G can be spotty to nonexistent indoors.

With the new 5G Home network, those in the downtown Chicago area who are now able to get the company's mobile 5G network can sign up for the internet service for $50 per month for Verizon wireless subscribers, with the company including taxes, fees and a new Wi-Fi 6 mesh router that has Amazon's Alexa built-in and can double as a smart speaker.

Verizon said its 5G is newly available in Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix (home of the NBA's Phoenix Suns), Chase Center in San Francisco (home of the NBA's Golden State Warriors), and the Pepsi Center in Denver (home of the NBA's Denver Nuggets and NHL's Colorado Avalanche). But the National Basketball Association season starts tomorrow, and fans who were expecting faster internet speeds during games may be disappointed.

Verizon also said 5G coverage is "coming soon to Madison Square Garden" in New York City, home of the NBA's New York Knicks and NHL's New York Rangers. For those connected to it on a 5G device, Verizon's Ultra Wideband 5G mobility service can provide the bandwidth for fans to access the content they want during events.

The carrier is also focusing on large venues, bringing 5G connectivity to sports and entertainment arenas, including 13 National Football League stadiums this year. The service will cost $50 for Vierzon customers and $70 a month for non-Verizon customers with autopay and paperless billing. The best part is there will be no data cap on Verizon's 5G home internet service this is great news for cord cutters in Chicago with a data cap.

Enjoy those sweet speeds, Verizon customers who also happen to own a 5G-capable smartphone. As with most of its mobile 5G cities, however, uploads, for now, will be done on the company's 4G LTE network. The service has been delivering super-fast speeds in launch cities, but as expected with millimeter wave frequencies (Verizon is using 28 GHz spectrum), coverage is very limited depending how close users are to a 5G node.

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