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Verizon Wireless is making strides with its 5G network, reaching several new milestones this week. The wireless company is expanding its 5G footprint as well as enabling new services on its existing 5G network. Verizon also created new partnerships that’ll extend the reach of its millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G coverage.
Upload Capacity Increased
First and foremost, the company announced that it’s allowing uploads on its 5G network, swinging people away from using 4G for sending videos to YouTube, playing online games, or sharing photos on social networks.
It’ll be a significant boost with Verizon claiming a 30- percent increase in upload speeds. This may be a modest estimate with Ookla Speedtest reporting an average of 50.55Mbps, which, according to PC Mag, is a whopping 78 percent jump over existing 4G speeds.
Upload capacity is critical, especially during the coronavirus pandemic when uploads are exploding as people work and play from home.
These new upload speeds will be enabled across 35 cities that already have 5G coverage. Chicago’s 5G Home subscribers also will be able to take advantage of this newly added feature.
5G Comes to San Diego
Verizon is not only adding services, but the company is continuing to expand its footprint. The company announced this week that is expanding its 5G Ultra Wideband coverage to San Diego, the company’s 35th 5G city.
The service will go live on May 28th and will initially be available in parts of Mission Valley.
5G mmWave Partnerships
Partnerships are critical to deploying 5G and Verizon is saddling up with Movandi, Pivotal Commware, and Wistron. Verizon is working with these technology companies to extend the company’s millimeter wave coverage in public areas, outdoor venues, and, more importantly, inside buildings.
Some of these companies are providing much-needed extenders that will improve Verizon’s 5G signal strength and range. Instead of installing hardware on cellular poles, these extenders could be installed in an office building or a person’s residence.
Verizon hopes to create smaller 5G networks that can get into the nooks and crannies of buildings, where pole-based 5G cannot reach. Other partner companies are working on chipsets and technology that’ll help the company’s 5G signal penetrate glass. It will take some time, but eventually these improvements will bring fast and reliable 5G mobile internet connectivity to more people across the United States.