Verizon on Tuesday announced plans to expand its 5G Ultra-Wideband technology to 100+ million people across 1,700 cities in the United States. The provider says it will offer 5G speeds that can hit up to one gigabit per second.
“This massive launch will put incredible speeds, reliability, and security in the hands of our customers and amplifies our offering of reliable home and business broadband options to more places around the country, well ahead of the commitment we made last year,” said Hans Vestberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon. “As 5G Ultra Wideband becomes available to more and more people and businesses, it will allow our customers to do more amazing things.”
It should be noted that just because 5G Ultra Wideband is coming to 1,700 cities, the technology will be limited to select areas of those cities. Also, while Apple’s iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models are 5G capable, you will need to make sure that you have a plan that includes 5G UW speeds.
Verizon also says that it is updating its unlimited phone plans. The 5G Get More, 5G Play More, and 5G Do More plans will offer speeds up to 10x faster, and the highest-tier plan, the 5G Get More plan, now features unlimited premium data. It was previously capped at 50GB per month.
Verizon’s announcement comes on the heels of AT&T and Verizon both agreeing to delay their C-band spectrum launch for two weeks, after the Federal Aviation Administration asked the carriers to delay their plans until January 19. The FAA has concerns that the C-band spectrum rollout could disrupt aircraft operations.