NEW YORK – Verizon now serves more than 175 million people with its ultra-fast, ultra-reliable 5G ultra-broadband service and will continue to accelerate nationwide 5G ultra-broadband service in the first quarter of 2023. Less than 21 months after announcing the results of the FCC’s C-band auction and after securing early access to an additional 30 markets this year, Verizon accelerated its recovery plan and exceeded its goal of reaching 175 million people by the end of 2022, a month ahead of schedule.
“Our customers don’t stand still and neither does our network. Today, more than one in two Americans has access to 5G Ultra Wideband. We know our customers depend on us for service every day, and we work for them — continually improving, expanding, and improving our wireless network,” said Hans Vestberg, Verizon chairman and CEO. “And as proud as I am to have crossed this milestone, I am also proud of the way we are building our network – with the most advanced technologies, industry-leading security, a robust fiber foundation and a robust and diverse spectrum portfolio. We are building that right. We are building this as a platform for innovation for years to come.”
Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband brings power and performance comparable to a wired broadband Internet connection into customers’ pockets. With download speeds of up to one gigabit per second and the ability to support data-intensive activities, 5G Ultra Wideband gives people the power to do things on the go that many previously could only do when connected to their home Internet service. This includes everything from downloading huge documents and seamlessly streaming movies in HD audio and video, to playing console-quality games and conducting video chats, video conferences, and FaceTime calls with clear audio and visuals.
Verizon customers have much more to look forward to
Verizon will continue to build out its 5G ultra-wideband network using C-band spectrum to provide service to millions more customers in the coming months, but Verizon engineers are not losing sight of the other critical components that help customers most reliable, safest and most dependable provide robust experience possible on the Verizon network.
In addition to providing greater coverage, particularly in rural and suburban areas, Verizon will also increase capacity by enabling 100MHz C-band spectrum in many markets, a significant increase over 60MHz spectrum, that were available at the beginning of the deployment. Once all of the licensed spectrum is available, Verizon will provide up to 200MHz of C-band spectrum in many markets, which will provide exceptional speed and capacity.
Complementing Verizon’s broad coverage of premier C-band spectrum, Verizon will continue to provide 5G in mmWave spectrum, which offers exponential capacity in areas of significant population density such as venues, stadiums, arenas, airports, major metro areas, office complexes and more. mmWave will also continue to be used for private network deployments when enterprise customers require the fastest, most resilient 5G service available for their enterprise applications, from wireless manufacturing solutions to connected vehicles to long-distance healthcare and more.
In addition to focusing on making 5G more accessible to more people, Verizon will continue to focus on expanding advanced technologies that offer customers more secure, reliable, and tailored experiences. These advances include the full deployment of the 5G core with Verizon’s proprietary cloud platform purpose-built for telecom workloads, the evolution of the fiber optic network to handle exponential increases in traffic, the continued massive virtualization of the network to accommodate the Adding network programmability and flexibility, using artificial intelligence to increase reliability and performance, evolving edge computing capabilities to reduce latency, and evolving antenna configurations to increase speed and efficiency.