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Verizon Officially Launches 5G Ultra Wideband Coverage

Available in over 1700 cities

Verizon released a press release earlier this month teasing the launch of its 5G Ultra Wideband network, leaving many wondering when it will actually launch.

That time is now. The company has just officially rolled out 5G service to more than 1,700 cities in the U.S., with more than 100 million existing customers. The company noted that “nearly one-third of Americans” live in areas served by Verizon’s 5G UWB (ultra-wideband), along with 2 million businesses.

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Verizon emphasizes that the network is capable of speeds of up to 1 Gbps (1000 Mbps) and offers “power and performance comparable to a broadband Internet connection in your pocket.”

In addition to the launch, there are multiple products for new and existing Verizon customers. Unlimited data plans include a 50GB hotspot, multiple free entertainment plans, monthly international travel passes, and more. The service is also available as a home internet package with a 50% discount.

Verizon doesn’t provide a list of cities its 5G Ultra Wideband service covers, but there is an interactive map to check if it’s available in your city. Another option is to search for “5G YOUR” in your smartphone’s status bar.

Both Verizon and wireless carrier AT&T have been in a weeks-long battle with the FAA, which said enabling the C-band technology that powers this enhanced 5G network could improve the radar altimeter pilots use to land. Conditions of poor visibility. As a result, the airline agreed to delay the launch near the airport.

Correction 1/19/22: The links in Section 2 have been updated to reflect the company’s own announcements rather than reports from other media.

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Verizon Officially Launches 5G Ultra Wideband Coverage

Available in over 1,700 cities

Verizon teased the launch of their 5G Ultra Wideband network earlier this month with a press release, leaving many to wonder when the roll-out would actually happen. 

That time is now. The company just officially launched 5G service to more than 1,700 cities throughout America, covering over 100 million existing customers. The company noted that “nearly one in three Americans” live in areas serviced by Verizon 5G UWB (ultra-wideband), along with two million businesses. 

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Verizon highlighted that this network reaches speeds up to 1 Gbps (1000 Mbps) and “brings power and performance comparable to a broadband internet connection to your pocket.”

Accompanying the launch are several deals for new and pre-existing Verizon customers. Unlimited data plans come with a 50GB hotspot, various free entertainment subscriptions, a monthly International Travel Pass, and more. The service is also available as a home Internet package, which has been discounted 50 percent. 

Verizon has not provided a list of what cities are covered by their 5G Ultra Wideband service, but there is an interactive map to check if it is available in your town. Another option is to simply look for “5G UW” in the status bar of your smartphone. 

Both Verizon and fellow wireless carrier AT&T have been embroiled in a weeks-long fight with the Federal Aviation Agency, as the latter suggests that activating the C-band technology that powers this upgraded 5G network could interfere with radar altimeters that pilots use to land in low visibility conditions. As such, the companies have agreed to delay this rollout near airports.

Correction 01/19/22: The link in paragraph 2 was updated to reflect the company’s own announcement instead of a different news outlet’s reporting.

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