Verizon extends 5G coverage to four more cities; postpones 3G shutdown until 2020

1 Aug 2019

Verizon Wireless has launched its ‘5G Ultra Wideband’ service in selected parts of four new US cities, namely: Washington DC, Atlanta, Detroit and Indianapolis. The locations join Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, Providence and St. Paul as 5G mobility cities. 5G connectivity is currently supported by five 5G-capable devices, which Verizon says represents the most 5G devices available on any 5G network. Going forward, the cellco aims to cover 30 markets with 5G mobile technology by end-2019.

In other news, Verizon has confirmed to Light Reading that its long-standing 31 December 2019 3G CDMA shutdown date has been postponed until the end of 2020. A company spokesperson told the news site that the delay will give affected customers give ‘an extra year to decide what they want to do’. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Verizon stopped activating 3G CDMA-based handsets in July 2018.

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