[Updated] Verizon 4G/5G network issues, developments, news & more
New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…
Original story (published on May 21, 2021) follows:
Allocating new spectrum has become a mandatory requirement for the mobile network industry to improve capacity and enhance mobile broadband.
And Verizon has been doing just that recently. The carrier had recently acquired the C-band spectrum following which it commenced the installation of C-band equipment from Ericsson and Samsung Electronics.
Verizon has also been quite busy trying to improve their 5G coverage. The carrier had announced yesterday the successful deployment of their 5G Ultra Wideband in 14 additional arenas and stadiums.
However, even with all this progress, there are still plenty of complaints doing rounds about network drops and slow mobile data:
@VZWSupport network keeps dropping in bushwick Brooklyn. I’ve restarted my router three times now.
Verizon signal has been horrible this spring. They definitely made changes to the network, for the worse.
This may even happen when the phone is showing maximum 5G network strength, and is also affecting calls. Switching to the 4G LTE network isn’t of much help either as the network issues persist.
Several users have also complained saying that the state of Verizon’s mobile network wasn’t always like this and has recently worsened. Although it is highly likely that the pandemic is to be blamed for that.
Nonetheless, if you are one of the users facing these network problems with Verizon, then you would be pleased to know that they have been acknowledged.
Verizon Support recently responded to a complaint on Twitter saying that the mobile network is indeed experiencing issues in parts of Texas.
Their technicians are aware and already on top of it, working to resolve it as soon as possible.
If you are facing a similar issue in some other location in the United States, then your best bet would be to raise a complaint about the same on Twitter just like the user above did.
If all goes well, Verizon should acknowledge your case of network issues as well. For now, we will continue tracking the matter so stay tuned to PiunikaWeb.
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Update 1 (June 04)
02:57 pm (IST): Verizon is currently experiencing an outage in some regions in the US as per the carrier’s official Twitter handle:
The issue is being worked upon though so it should be resolved soon.
Update 2 (June 29)
02:13 pm (IST): Verizon is currently suffering another outage and Verizon Wireless CS has acknowledged the issue on Twitter.
Verizon is currently experiencing a network outage. Our technicians are aware of the issue and are working to resolve it quickly. We apologize for any inconvenience. *BXA
Update 3 (June 30)
04:18 pm (IST): It seems that Verizon customers aren’t they only ones facing issues with 5G as hundreds of users in Korea have also filed a report against telecoms over disappointing quality on the new networks as per a report.
We can only hope that carriers around the world continue to improve upon their networks to offer better support and speeds.
Update 4 (July 05)
Going by the information shared by a user, resetting the Settings may help (as can be seen in the image below).
Update 5 (July 17)
It appears that Verizon customers in Westchester, NY are experiencing connectivity issues and the company has confirmed that they’re working on a fix for it.
Thank you for being proactive with your service location. Verizon is currently experiencing a wireless network issue in your area. Our technicians are aware of this issue and are working to resolve it quickly. We do apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. (Source)
Update 6 (July 21)
In a recent press release, Verizon boasted that it remains unmatched for overall network performance and reliability. It also apparently was able to achieve median speeds of 40 Mbps in 43 markets.
However, reports of the carrier offering poor 4G/5G speeds continue to pop up on Twitter, Reddit, and other social media platforms.
Update 7 (July 26)
There seems to have been some issues with Verizon earlier today, however, the problem seems to have been addressed as current reports on Downdetector indicate things are working fine for a majority of users.
Update 8 (July 27)
Verizon Wireless support is asking users to login to the My Verizon application to be informed when there’s a service outage in their area. In case you haven’t done this already, we’d suggest doing so to know when there are widespread issues with the network.
To find out if you’re affected by a Verizon mobile network outage, sign in to My Verizon. If we’re aware of a network outage in your area, you’ll see a Network Notification alert at the top of your screen. (Source)
Update 9 (July 28)
In a fresh press release, Verizon revealed that with Samsung’s help, the two companies have completed a fully virtualized 5G data session on C-band spectrum in a live network environment.
This success will help in scaling the company’s 5G infrastructure and offering users a better 5G network experience.
Update 10 (July 30)
In an effort to encourage more people to use its 5G service, Verizon has introduced four new mobile hotspot plans — Essential, Plus, Pro, and Premium — that range from 15 GB to 150 GB per month.
We only hope that this step also leads to the carrier improving its 4G/5G infrastructure to offer better connectivity, especially now that customers have extra mobile data to play around with.
Update 11 (July 31)
Verizon support is guiding users to a dedicated page that has a bunch of information on the steps you can take when there’s a service outage in your area. You can check it out here.
Update 11 (July 31)
As the U.S transitions from 4G to 5G, a few surveys are all coming up with different results, and today, PhoneArena reports that in its evaluation, Verizon won the most reliable everyday 5G carrier slow in H1 2021 while AT&T and T-Mobile went home with the best everyday 5G experience and highest every day 5G availability over the same period. More on that here.
Update 12 (August 05)
In an effort to drive users to its mobile application, Verizon Wireless CS on Twitter has once again put out a tweet asking users to head to the My Verizon application to know all about outages and when they can expect the issue to be fixed.
If you experience an outage, we want you to know what’s going on. Find out when your connection should be back with a few taps in the My Verizon app. We’re working hard to help serve you better. (Source)
Update 13 (August 06)
Verizon 5G Business Internet is now going live in five new cities — Gresham, OR; Albuquerque, NM; Austin, TX; Little Rock, AR; and Nashville, TN — bringing the total cities with service availability to 47 as per a recent press release.
This means more people will now have access to the internet via the carrier’s fixed-wireless broadband powered by 5G Ultra-Wideband. While this is a big step forward, there’s still a long way to go for Verizon to improve its infrastructure.
Update 14 (August 07)
FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has shared a new coverage map which lets users see the LTE data and voice coverage from AT&T, UScellular, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
Update 15 (August 10)
Verizon has come out to detail its plans to work with learning institutions by offering them fast internet with low latency, connections that should see more immersive learning experiences for learners. More on that in this post.
Update 16 (August 11)
Recent user reports on Downdetector indicate that there might be problems with Verizon’s service in certain areas. Fortunately, the outage isn’t affecting a majority of Verizon subscribers.
Update 17 (August 12)
In its latest press release, the big red carrier confirmed that customers in Austin, TX and Gresham, OR now have access to Verizon’s gold standard 5G Home broadband and 5G Ultra Wideband mobility services.
Additionally, customers in Albuquerque, NM; Little Rock, AR, and Nashville, TN now have access to Verizon’s 5G Home service, and customers in Birmingham, AL now have access to 5G Ultra Wideband mobility service.
It’s clear that the carrier isn’t leaving any stone unturned when it comes to launching 5G in more cities. That said, you can check out the complete press release for more details.
Update 18 (August 13)
In an effort to get 5G phones in the hands of more customers, Verizon is now offering those who purchase select 5G phones from the carrier 12 months AMC+ streaming for free. More details here.
Update 19 (August 16)
Reports from Verizon customers indicate that there has been an outage in multiple regions around Virginia. Fortunately, this seems t have been resolved already.
Update 20 (August 17)
Just like yesterday, now a bunch of new reports from Verizon users is surfacing online, reports from users facing Verizon service outages in various parts of the U.S.
Verizon has since come out to acknowledge this issue, noting that the teams are working on it.
We are aware some customers in your service area may be experiencing issues and our network teams are looking into this.
Update 21 (August 18)
Downdetector is showing another spike in the number of reports meaning that Verizon is having yet another outage. This makes it two days in a row where Verizon users have been experiencing issues with their services.
Update 22 (August 19)
Reports from Verizon users have since subsided and even Downdetector is reporting relatively lower numbers of reports. This indicates that the issues faced are now resolved.
Update 23 (August 20)
Verizon’s outages notwithstanding, the carrier is doing some good work and now, it is offering customers impacted by the western wildfires unlimited calls, text, and data.
Accounts with billing addresses in the following zip codes are included:
00051, 00052, 95626, 95629, 95634, 95636, 95666, 95667, 95684, 95709, 95720, 95726
00012, 00028, 00031, 00038, 95915, 95923, 95934, 95942, 95947, 95954, 95971, 95983, 95984, 96020, 96056, 96061, 96075, 96109, 96113, 96114, 96121, 96122, 96130, 96137
00037, 96022, 96076, 96080
00039, 95527, 96010, 96041, 96046, 96048
Customers do not have to take any action to take advantage of the offer. More on that here.
Update 24 (August 23)
A section of Verizon customers are reportedly still facing outages and gave since turned to social media to vent their frustrations.
This is completely unacceptable. No service from the moment I landed. 4 days and counting still no service. Verizon needs to show some accountability.
Now, the carrier has come out to acknowledge an issue afflicting its customers in Puerto Rico, adding that technicians in the area are aware of this issue ad are working to resolve it.
Update 25 (August 24)
It appears that yesterday’s outage has been resolved as reports suggesting that users are facing issues with Verizon have dropped significantly. Downdetector also indicates that the service is operating as usual.
Update 26 (August 27)
Downdetector is seeing yet another spike in the number of reports from Verizon users noting that they’re experiencing massive slowdowns or outright outages in the carrier’s services.
@VZWSupport NOW I FIND OUT MY ENTIRE PHONE SERVICE DOESN’T WORK!! I CALLED/CHATTED IN FOR HELP AND NOW I’M COMPLETELY SCREWED???
Update 27 (August 28)
Verizon is currently experiencing an outage around the 46030 zip code area but its technicians are working on resolving it. The acknowledgment was made 14 hours ago though, so it’s likely that the issue has already been addressed.
Update 28 (August 30)
Downdetector reports that yet again, a section of Verizon subscribers have been facing an outage or interruption in services, issues that reportedly started surfacing at 5:57 PM EDT.
Update 29 (August 31)
Verizon seems to have fixed the issues with its service that was impacting customers yesterday. Reports of issues have dropped to nil on Downdetector and social media seems to be clear from reports indicating any major outage.
Update 30 (September 01)
In a recent news release, Verizon debuted its private mobile edge cloud computing for enterprises with Microsoft Azure. Enterprise customers will be able to leverage Verizon’s 5G Edge with Microsoft Azure to boost the company’s efficiency.
Update 31 (September 02)
Current reports on Downdetector indicate that there’s a potential service outage in certain regions for Verizon customers. The carrier has not yet acknowledged anything yet.
Update 32 (September 03)
In a blogpost from OpenSignal on how the 5G experience compares across states and 250 cities in the US, the platform goes on to explain that the 5G experience is somewhat diminished as it is predominantly determined by the carrier-imposed restriction on video streaming quality tied to their 5G plan.
Besides, smartphone users in the U.S. that adopt a 5G phone do not automatically see a better video streaming experience using 5G, because it depends in part on the 5G plan they choose. For example, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile restrict video streaming quality to standard definition (SD) resolution in their entry-level unlimited data plans, although the plans all have 5G access included.
Therefore, some 5G smartphone users on the three carriers could have their 5G Video Experience impaired by a restriction on video streaming quality tied to their 5G plan, regardless of their 5G Download Speed.
Update 33 (September 06)
Over the past few hours, a lot of Verizon subscribers have been reported facing issues with the carrier’s services and as such, Downdetector has seen a sharp spike in the number of reports over the said period.
Update 34 (September 08)
In case you’re moving to a new location or simply want to know where you can find Verizon’s 4G, 5G Nationwide, and 5G Ultra Wideband coverage, then check out this official coverage map for the US.
Update 35 (September 09)
In a research finding report published by a research firm Umlaut, T-Mobile topped the charts in many categories with Verizon download speeds averaging 85 Mbps making it second in the standings.
This research was carried out in four major markets – Norfolk, VA; Indianapolis, IN; Detroit, MI; and San Bernardino and Riverside, CA.
Update 36 (September 10)
In a fresh press release, Verizon confirmed that its 5G Ultra Wideband mobility service is now available in Harrisburg, PA; Athens, GA; Orlando, FL and Fremont, CA.
Further, 5G Home is now available in five more cities: Fremont, CA; Orlando, FL; Pensacola, FL; Sarasota, FL and Niagara Falls, NY.
Update 37 (September 11)
NFL fans will be pleased to know that Verizon has partnered up with the National Football League (NFL) to offer their 5G Ultra Wideband service for the 2021/22 NFL season in select parts of 25 stadiums.
To know more about the situation, you can head here.
Update 38 (September 13)
In combined 4G and 5G results, GWS found Verizon had the fastest download speeds for small tasks like web browsing and app data. It was second behind AT&T for large downloads like receiving video and photos.
Additionally, it is coming to light that Verizon does rely upon dynamic spectrum sharing a lot more than AT&T does. More on that here.
Update 39 (September 16)
A fresh report has highlighted that Verizon is aiming to improve its 4G service with the new hardware that it purchased recently. The benefits, however, may take a while to reach customers.
Update 40 (September 17)
As part of its 5G rollout, Verizon is reportedly deploying lots of fiber in the country. The president of Verizon Business Markets — Aparna Khurjekar — said the following:
All the 5G nodes need fiber. We are very aggressive in laying out fiber and 5G in the right places. It [fiber] is always associated with 5G. We believe 5G is the future of bandwidth connectivity.
So along with the expansion of 5G, you can expect Verizon’s fiber connections to also become available in most places in the country.
Update 41 (September 18)
In its latest ‘Up To Speed’ blog titled ‘Goooooooaaaaaaaal!,’ Verizon shared a lot of information including details about the carrier’s contribution to the temporary housing of roughly 1,600 people displaced by Hurricane Ida in a former cruise ship.
Here’s a snippet from the carrier’s blog:
Did you know that right now there is a former cruise ship in the New Orleans harbor temporarily housing roughly 1,600 people displaced by Hurricane Ida? The ship had satellite connectivity, but needed a 5G installation provided by our team to support the substantial increase that comes with supporting passengers in a stationary location for an extended time. We also did installation work on a rooftop near the harbor to help members of FEMA stay connected via 4G and 5G radio.
With this, it’s clear that Verizon is set to bring 5G to more places and more customers while helping some along the way.
Update 43 (September 20)
Verizon now reportedly has a custom Ford F650 — THOR — that can deploy a satellite dish, 5G mast, and drones to respond to natural disasters and emergencies.
This is yet one of the many ways the carrier is offering to get 5G to its subscribers across the country no matter the situation.
Update 44 (September 21)
The big red carrier has now announced its newest “gridiron and crown jewel of the Southern California sports scene: SoFi Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.”
The new stadium will let any fan with a 5G-capable device to enjoy Verizon’s 5G Multi-View Experience. This new 5G-powered experience is only available in 7 stadiums in the country.
Update 45 (September 22)
Verizon has announced that it will be delivering 5G Ultra Wideband connectivity to 7 Air Force Reserve Command installations in the country.
Hence, not only is the general population benefiting from the 5G expansion, the military is as well.
Update 46 (September 24)
According to Opensignal, AT&T leads in the percentage of data consumed on its mmWave network, at 3.6%. The firm said it tracked data usage among customers in mmWave coverage areas who owned mmWave-capable devices.
The firm’s findings cover the month of July and exclude data on 3G and 2G networks. More on that here.
Update 47 (September 25)
A fresh report from The Washington Post (paywalled) has highlighted the current state of affairs of 5G in the country. Spoilers, it’s bad, although, better than what it was a year ago.
This is true for the three big carriers in the country — Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T. Hence, 5G isn’t really worth all the hype at its current stage.
Update 48 (September 27)
While Verizon has its 5G coverage in several NFL stadiums and indoor arenas, information buried within the carrier’s FAQ page highlights the following:
5G Ultra Wideband Service is concentrated in the lower seating area but could be available in other locations in and around the stadium as well. (Source)
Hence, you can expect the best coverage or speeds only in the lower seating area.
Update 49 (September 30)
It seems that individuals who’ve got their hands on the new iPhone 13 models are facing issues with Verizon’s 5G service on the devices as per a fresh report.
It’s highly likely that most users who’re facing the problem may have to get a new 5G-capable SIM card from the carrier.
Update 50 (October 04)
As per a fresh report, Verizon has bought up another small wireless network operator — Missouri’s Chariton Valley Communications Corporation (CVCC). This should help the carrier bolster its 4G/LTE services in the region.
Update 51 (October 05)
Verizon announced that its Business division and CareAR have partnered to transform the service and customer experience CareAR delivers by leveraging the carrier’s 4G and 5G services. You can read more about this here.
Update 52 (October 08)
Verizon is doubling down on its 5G services by bringing it to more homes and businesses all across the U.S.
– 5G Home Internet and 5G Business Internet are now available in parts of three new cities – Birmingham, AL; Fort Wayne, IN and Oklahoma City, OK. 5G Home is now available in 60 cities and 5G Business Internet is available in 57 cities.
– 5G Ultra Wideband mobility will be available later this month in parts of Jacksonville, FL; El Paso, TX; Dayton, OH; Scranton, PA; and Tacoma, WA. When service lights up in these cities later this month, 5G Ultra Wideband will be available in parts of 87 cities.
Update 53 (October 11)
According to Surveys, many people are reluctant to switch to 5G and as such, the perks of this new generation of connectivity remains largely untapped.
In recognition of this, carriers are reportedly going out of their way to push 5G to users while targetting a few key users including gamers, doubling down on infrastructure in big stadia, and more. More on that here.
Update 54 (October 13)
In case you are having issues accessing the internet or other Verizon Wireless services, you aren’t alone. We are coming across reports from others affected too, implying there’s likely a massive outage.
According to Downdetector, Verizon is indeed going through connectivity issues at the moment, but the Big Red has yet to make any official statement on this.
We’ll keep watching and update this space once we get official acknowledgment.
Update 55 (October 14)
The past few days seem to have been rough for Verizon. This, owing to the sheer number of outages reported by subscribers all across the US. It remains unclear what is causing these issues.
Update 56 (October 16)
In a fresh press release, Verizon boasted that upload speeds on its 5G network are going to get a whole lot faster thanks to its partnership with Samsung and Qualcomm.
In a lab trial using aggregated bands of mmWave spectrum, the carrier was able to deliver 711 Mbps upload speeds. Of course, the general public won’t see the same speeds right away, but this is indeed promising.
Update 57 (October 19)
In what can be seen as other players stepping up, T-Mobile has just managed to outrank Verizon in three separate reports with its 5G coverage in the country.
Update 58 (October 20)
It seems that Verizon is doing at least something right as the company’s latest news release highlights that it has “been awarded #1 in Customer Satisfaction with Small Business Wireless and Wireline Service in the J.D. Power 2021 Business Wireless and Wireline Customer Satisfaction Studies.”
The report mentions that they were awarded best in class for ‘Performance and Reliability’, however, that’s something that contradicts the current situation according to reports and complaints from users.
Update 59 (October 21)
According to a report, 5G has triggered Verizon’s user growth. Moreover, Verizon has added 429,000 new users in the third quarter of this year. More on that here.
Update 60 (October 22)
T-Mobile is stepping up its assault on its competitors as now, persons who ditch Verizon or AT&T for T-Mobile will be offered up to $1000 for the switch.
Update 61 (October 23)
Verizon’s CEO Hans Vestberg said that they are headed towards their goal of deploying more than 14,000 mmWave sites and up to 8,000 mid-band sites by the end of this year.
Update 62 (October 28)
At Mobile World Congress in Los Angeles, Verizon’s Business Chief Revenue Officer, Sampath Sowmyanarayan, announced that Verizon-certified IoT devices can now access Verizon’s 5G Nationwide network.
Verizon has new 5G Nationwide-compatible hardware and plans to come later this year. And devices and plans compatible with its 5G Ultra Wideband network — which operates on mmWave spectrum — are expected by Q1 2022. More on that here.
Update 63 (October 29)
Verizon and the Project Kuiper are teaming up to develop connectivity solutions with their 5G and LEO programs.
The strategic collaboration aims to pair Verizon’s terrestrial mobile network with Amazon’s low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite network, Project Kuiper. More on that here.
Update 64 (November 20)
A fresh report highlights the current situation which indicates that Verizon seems to be struggling to keep up with the competition as T-Mobile’s lead in the field has now become even greater.
Update 65 (November 25)
AT&T and Verizon will roll out a new 5G wireless service at temporarily reduced power in the coming months to alleviate fears the signals may interfere with the electronics of jetliners and other aircraft.
Update 66 (November 30)
As highlighted by a fresh report, Verizon has partnered with AWS and Microsoft on delivering MEC services including its 5G network, both sub-6 GHz and mmWave, in its public form and on customers’ premises.
Thus, expect to see more 5G-enabled businesses and public services spring to life over the coming months.
Update 67 (December 01)
In a recent press release, Verizon showcased how its 5G services can help make healthier homes for seniors. Unfortunately, it does not give any insights into when it plans to deploy 5G services to more areas for the same.
Update 68 (December 03)
Continuing its expansion, Verizon is now bringing its 5G services for homes and businesses in parts of Dayton, OH and Jacksonville, FL, as highlighted in a recent press release.
Update 69 (December 04)
As highlighted by a fresh report, Verizon’s Chief Network Engineering Officer — Ed Chan — believes that once sufficient data is gathered by the FAA the C-band spectrum for 5G will resume at its usual power around airports.
Update 70 (December 17)
Verizon is working along with Google Cloud to bring the power of the cloud closer to mobile and connected devices. This will benefit enterprises rather than regular customers. More on that here.
Update 71 (December 27)
A new blogpost has been released, outlining why Verizon’s high-band 5G service seems to have way too many limitations to excite U.S. consumers.
In the detailed explainer, it looks like T-Mobile’s mid-band 5G seems to be a lot more attainable and accessible by many and as such, more likely to excite consumers.
Update 72 (December 28)
Vuzix — a company that supplies Smart Glasses and AR technology or products — has partnered with Verizon to leverage the carrier’s 5G Edge to deliver immersive technology in the field of sports training and fan experience as highlighted by a report.
Of course, partnerships like these will likely help speed up the rollout of 5G all over the country which is a win-win for us consumers.
Update 73 (December 29)
In a recent response to a user’s complaint regarding the availability of 5G, or rather lack thereof, Verizon support reassured that the company is working hard to expand its network.
We’re working hard to expand our cutting edge 5G network! We know how hard it can be waiting for it to arrive and appreciate your patience! (Source)
Update 74 (January 3, 2022)
Reports now indicate that AT&T and Verizon have refused FAA’s request to delay the rollout of 5G, and as such, plan to start their new 5G wireless service on Wednesday.
Update 75 (January 5, 2022)
In a move that can only be seen as these Telcos going back on their word, it is now coming to light that Verizon and AT&T have agreed with the FAA to delay the 5G C-band rollouts for 2 weeks.
Update 76 (January 6, 2022)
Verizon is now celebrating its Ultra Wideband reaching 100 million subscribers in the US and is also offering some great deals on its 5G plans. Here’s a snippet from the announcement:
With our 5G Get More, 5G Play More and 5G Do More plans, you’ll get speeds up to 10x faster than what you have now at the same price as today’s plans
Update 77 (January 7, 2022)
In an effort to get more users onboard its C-Band network, Verizon-owned Visible will also offer low-cost options for single-line users in the country, as highlighted by a report.
The C-Band network is set to launch in 46 major metro areas on Jan. 19 will apparently boost performance by at least two to three times for users.
Update 78 (January 10, 2022)
AT&T and Verizon have reportedly agreed on turning off their 5G transmitters across 50 specific buffer zones for six months. FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has listed all the 50 airports that will have a 5G buffer zone ahead of C-band expansion. More on that here.
Update 79 (January 11, 2022)
In the latest post, Verizon is promoting the company’s new 5G Home and 5G Business routers via the firsthand experience of those who took part in the C-Band trials.
Update 80 (January 12, 2022)
While Verizon’s 5G upgrade on C-Band Spectrum will bring fast wireless speed for 100 million people in the US, there’s bad news for those who currently have unlimited 5G hotspot data on the millimeter-wave network.
Apparently, Verizon will no longer provide unlimited data to those who currently have it. Instead, subscribers will get 15GB of high-speed data and will face a speed drop after using it. More on that here.
Update 81 (January 13, 2022)
A new version of Verizon’s 5G network is coming soon. And here are the devices that will support the C-Band network of Verizon.
– Apple’s iPhone 12 line (running iOS 15.2)
– Apple’s iPhone 13 line (running iOS 15.2)
– Samsung’s Galaxy S21 line
– Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3
– Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 3
– Apple iPads with 5G (the iPad Pro and iPad Mini, running iPadOS 15.2) (Source)
Update 82 (January 14, 2022)
Verizon brings 5G Ultra Wideband service to Innovation Hub at Arizona State University where students-led teams will be invited to explore 5G and Edge compute. Check more on that here.
Update 83 (January 18, 2022)
As Verizon and AT&T move towards their goal of the C-Band network, the hurdles have already begun to show up. Airlines have now come out to protest the C band expansion of 5G from Verizon and AT&T saying that planes could be grounded. More on that here.
Update 84 (January 19, 2022)
An altimeter is one of the important instruments when landing a plane. The mid-range signals are said to interfare with the altimeter and may cause some inconvenience.
However, it is said that the signals will not interfere with the equipment on planes made by Airbus and Boeing, so FAA may allow these planes to land near 5G signals. More on that here.
And after the airlines warned of a significant disruption, both Verizon and AT&T have agreed to delay 5G services on some wireless towers near major US airports.
Update 85 (January 20, 2022)
10:34 am (IST): Verizon has enabled its C-Band based network amid the tussle with FAA. And the improvements are noticeable with download speed crossing 500 Mbps and even 800 Mbps in some cases. More on that here.
Update 86 (January 21, 2022)
09:52 am (IST): Both Pixel 6 and 6 Pro are capable of running Verizon’s latest C-Band network, in fact, these are the only two Google phones to support this network.
However, Verizon says that these handsets are not yet fully certified to use the C-Band network, while the flagship phones from brands such as Samsung and Apple are ready to access the new network. More on that here.
Update 87 (January 22, 2022)
12:22 pm (IST): Verizon 5G subscribers in New York are now getting way better speeds as compared to T-Mobile, recent testing reveals. More on that here.
Update 88 (January 24, 2022)
11:17 am (IST): Verizon has been awarded for network quality in the US by J.D. Power. The carrier has scored the best score across all study factors with the most infrequent call, messaging and data problems across the nation.
Update 88 (January 25, 2022)
11:53 am (IST): New report now suggest that even though Verizon and AT&T have shifted to the new C-Band-based network, T-Mobile is still winning the 5G speed game.
Update 89 (January 26, 2022)
10:41 am (IST): Verizon is now promoting its 5G bandwagon networks in a bid to attract more users by reminding them that they will be giving users the Google Play Pass for free with the 5G Play More or 5G Get More plans.
Update 90 (January 27, 2022)
10:39 am (IST): Verizon released an updated 5G coverage map of the US following the rollout of the C-Band network. This map is a lot wider than before and covers many locations across the US.
Update 91 (January 28, 2022)
Announcing its fourth-quarter earnings, Verizon revealed that one of its three customers has upgraded to a 5G network, thanks to its alluring deals and discounts. More on that here.
Update 92 (January 29, 2022)
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has allowed Verizon and AT&T to turn on more towers for C-Band 5G deployment. Both carriers and FAA have agreed on the terms that will enable safe aircraft activities on the airports while also enabling them to deploy the 5G network.
Update 93 (February 01, 2022)
Verizon’s new C-Band 5G network could be a threat to T-Mobile as the carrier only offers mid-band 5G. It means that the C-Band-based network will be much faster than T-Mobile’s network in the regions where it will be available. More on that here.
Update 94 (February 02, 2022)
After the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) agreed on turning on more towers, Verizon reportedly plans to deploy around 2000 additional towers in February in the next phase of its C-Band 5G deployment.
Update 95 (February 03, 2022)
Verizon is now promoting its 5G network by differentiating it with public Wi-Fi. The carrier claims that its 5G Ultra Wideband is faster, safer, and more reliable than any public Wi-Fi. More on that here.
Update 96 (February 04, 2022)
12:51 pm (IST): Various carriers in the US, including Verizon, will reportedly shut down their 3G network throughout the year to free up bandwidth for the 5G network. This should benefit 5G users providing them with a faster and more reliable network.
Update 97 (February 05, 2022)
12:29 pm (IST): It looks like Verizon and AT&T still can’t beat T-Mobile’s 5G network despite switching over to the C-Band-based network.
According to the recent report from Ookla, T-Mobile, after adding carrier aggregation to its network, has a relatively faster download 5G speed than Verizon.
Update 98 (February 07, 2022)
01:45 pm (IST): Researchers are now exploring how Verizon 5G Extremely Wideband can assist drones to detect, interpret, and reply to altering climate situations in real-time.
The research has been carried out on how the capability of 5G and edge compute can be used to eliminate big computing hardware. More on that here.
Update 99 (February 09, 2022)
12:01 pm (IST): AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon will showcase their 5G network enhancements and capabilities in and around the SoFi stadium in Los Angeles during a Super Bowl LVI match. More on that here.
Update 100 (February 10, 2022)
12:00 pm (IST): Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro owners say that Android 12L Beta 3 has enabled Verizon C-Band 5G support. More on that here.
Update 101 (February 11, 2022)
05:18 pm (IST): Verizon has announced that it has entered into an agreement with the Los Angeles Times for the deployment of advanced robotics and other technology to expand on the way news is gathered, shared and consumed.
These companies will make use of technologies such as 4G-connected drones, 5G-connected ground robots, and 3D modeled data to enhance digital media.
Update 102 (February 15, 2022)
10:41 am (IST): Verizon disclosed that its 5G Ultra Wideband network now provides service to more than 30 million households and more than 2 million businesses. This is an increase of about 10 million households since the launch last month.
Update 103 (February 16, 2022)
05:15 pm (IST): It seems that even though Verizon has updated its C-band coverage map to include some areas, residents in these locations claim that there are still no signs of C-band coverage in the vicinity.
Update 104 (February 17, 2022)
01:56 pm (IST): Among the three major categories based on which RootMetrix evaluates the 5G network, including availability, speed, and reliability, T-Mobile took the first spot in speed and availability, while Verizon nabbed the top position for reliability.
Update 105 (February 18, 2022)
12:35 pm (IST): Verizon has updated it’s 5G Play More Unlimited and Get More plans. Both these plans now include Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass subscription for free as long as you stick with the plan.
Previously, the plans offered only 12-months of free Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass.
Update 106 (February 19, 2022)
05:19 pm (IST): Google’s ex-CEO Eric Schmidt has recently criticized 5G speeds and availability in the US. He complained that the speed of Verizon and AT&T are sometimes slower than 4G, due to the lack of mid-band spectrum. More on that here.
Update 107 (February 24, 2022)
11:31 am (IST): Verizon signed its first 5G automotive deal with Audi to equip the next-gen Audi vehicles with 5G connectivity in the US.
Select Audi models launching in 2024 will come with Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network which includes C-band and millimeter wave spectrum. This step will further strengthen carrier’s 5G network in the country.
Update 108 (February 26, 2022)
06:46 pm (IST): T-Mobile will reportedly stop claiming that it has the most reliable 5G network in the US.
The carrier will follow recommendations from NARB (National Advertising Review Board). And the board determined that its 5G network does not meet the criteria to be claimed as most reliable. This is a win for Verizon and AT&T’s 5G network.
Update 109 (March 01, 2022)
12:09 pm (IST): Verizon has announced that BlackRock’s new global headquarters at 50 Hudson Yards in New York will use its private 5G network. It includes Verizon’s secure 5G Ultra-Wideband connectivity.
Update 110 (March 02, 2022)
01:43 pm (IST): Verizon is now expanding it’s 5G services to more regions in the US. The carrier will reportedly roll out the 5G wireless home internet service in Baltimore this week.
Verizon uses Ultra Wideband1 technology for home internet. It is available in 1700 cities since its launch in January. And this week it will come to parts of downtown and neighborhoods in East, West, and South Baltimore.
Update 111 (March 04, 2022)
01:50 pm (IST): Verizon now expects that more than 175 million users will take advantage of its 5G Ultra-Wideband network by the end of 2022.
Moreover, the carrier will work on multiple paths for it’s 5G growth which includes 5G Mobility, Nationwide Broadband, Mobile Edge Compute (MEC) and business solutions. More on that here.
Update 112 (March 11, 2022)
12:55 pm (IST): Ever since Verizon introduced C-band network, its 5G became more reliable with better speed and longer range. And thus, the carrier redefined its 5G Ultra-Wideband branding.
Verizon’s 5G UW marketing — which only had 5G Ultra Wideband network (mmWave) until January — now also includes a mid-band (C-band) spectrum. The company’s own website defining these terms now says:
5G Ultra Wideband is Verizon’s highest performing 5G. Our 5G Ultra Wideband network uses high band (mmWave) and mid-band (C-band) spectrum to deliver a top-of-the-line 5G experience (Source)
Update 113 (March 22, 2022)
12:44 pm (IST): Verizon has announced that it expects to deploy its 5G Ultra Wideband service this year to at least 30 additional major market areas including the large population centers Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Washington, DC, and Denver, CO.
Update 113 (March 30, 2022)
10:03 am (IST): According to Opensignal, T-Mobile already has a lead in 5G download speed with its 2.5GHz spectrum.
However, Verizon and AT&T now also have the mid-band spectrum to compete with T-Mobile’s 5G. This means that Verizon users will get an improved 5G experience in the coming months.
Update 114 (July 19, 2022)
09:41 am (IST): Verizon has announced that it has started deploying 100 MHz of C-Band spectrum in several markets across the US.
This is a significant increase as compared to the existing 60MHz of spectrum. It will further enhance the 5G experience in the country and provide faster download speeds. More on that here.
Update 115 (July 20, 2022)
10:50 am (IST): Verizon has recently announced that it is expanding 5G Ultra Wideband service to more than one million users in Atlanta, Georgia. This will provide users with up to 10 times faster speed than Verizon 4G LTE and many other benefits.
Update 116 (July 25, 2022)
12:37 pm (IST): Verizon has announced that it has come into an agreement with VIT (Virginia International Terminals, LLC) to setup a private 5G Ultra Wideband network at The Port of Virginia.
Update 117 (July 26, 2022)
01:09 pm (IST): Verizon has increased its Capex (Capital Expenditure) in the first half of 2022 for 5G expansion. The Capex of Verizon was $8.71 billion in the first half of 2021 which increased to 10.5 billion in H1 2022.
Update 118 (July 27, 2022)
05:58 pm (IST): Verizon has announced that it has partnered with Microsoft and launched Xbox All Access program. The company says that its 5G Ultra Wideband and Verizon Home internet will enhance multiplayer gaming.
Xbox All Access program starts at $25 and will be available starting July 28 at select stores and online. More on that here.
Update 119 (July 28, 2022)
05:35 pm (IST): Verizon Business has announced 5G Innovation Sessions series in Atlanta.
Both Verizon and Ericsson will demo the latest 5G innovations in Sports and Entertainment on July 27 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. More on that here.
Update 120 (July 29, 2022)
06:35 pm (IST): T-Mobile appears to be the nation’s favorite 5G carrier at the moment as some analysts are lowering their ratings on Verizon’s stock, while others are raising their forecasts for T-Mobile as Verizon’s growth is slowly coming to a halt. More on this here.
Update 121 (December 6, 2022)
11:07 am (IST): Verizon has reportedly hit another milestone in terms of 5G Ultra Wideband coverage. The carrier now covers 175 million people in the US by the end of 2022. More on that here.
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