Verizon addresses one of the biggest criticisms of the company's growing 5G network: lack of traditional coverage maps. As noted by PC Mag the carrier has today finally published maps where customers in 5G cities can get lightning fast data rates (over 1 GB / s in some cases) from their millimeter wave technology. Earlier today, Verizon launched 5G in Boston, Houston and Sioux Falls. The service is now available in 18 cities, and the company says it will reach 30 by the end of 2019.
Verizon continues to claim that it puts 5G "in places where more people can experience ultra-fast speeds together" ̵
This is how the company's map for downtown Manhattan looks:
It's not bad. It is respectable when you consider the range of the millimeter wave. But note that 5G coverage is largely limited to streets and sidewalks. The signal simply does not go well indoors or through windows. Using Verizon's 5G in a Starbucks is still impractical. And the service varies dramatically elsewhere. Take downtown Brooklyn, for example.
It's … far less good.
Still, Verizon's map reveals that coverage continues to expand in cities The Verge has already visited as Chicago.
Most importantly, early Verizon 5G adopters finally have a solid reference for where to get a 5G ultra broadband signal. In our previous tests, the carrier would point us to specific street corners or tourist spots. Accessibility in most cities is still limited, and Verizon's network is far from a place where 5G customers have real mobility at this stage.
Its competitors, especially T-Mobile, have mercilessly scorned Verizon for having an incomplete 5G strategy that relies on the overly heavy millimeter wave, which cannot empty entire regions and penetrate buildings like LTE can today. Other transporters use a combination of millimeter wave, mid-band and low-band spectrum to achieve a more robust 5G presence – although speeds drop when the millimeter wave can't reach customers.
Verizon's 5G handset currently includes Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G, Galaxy S10 5G and LG's V50 ThinQ 5G.