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Verizon activates 5G in Atlanta, Detroit, Indianpolis and Washington, DC

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The Verizon 5G network expands to five more cities.

Jessica Dolcourt / CNET

Verizon continues to expand its implementation of the next-generation 5G network, almost doubling the number of locations with four additional cities. Verizon said Wednesday, July 31 that it has activated 5G in Atlanta, Detroit, Indianpolis and Washington, DC.

All cities were part of the list of areas previously announced by Verizon that should receive 5G in 2019, and service in the new locations will be launched today. The operator has previously announced that it plans to launch 5G in more than 30 cities this year, as it was launched in Chicago; Minneapolis and St. Paul; Denver and Providence.

With nine locations in total, Verizon already beats Sprint (5 cities) and T-Mobile (6) in number of more active cities with a 5G network. Verizon still lags behind AT&T (with 20 live 5G cities), but AT&T continues to limit its new network to developers and companies.

Similar to its other 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) implementations, the areas in each city that will offer new Verizon fast networks will be limited initially. In Detroit, Verizon says its 5G Ultra Wideband service will initially focus on parts of Dearborn, Livonia and Troy, including areas around the Oakland-Troy airport.

Atlanta, which with the launch of Verizon will become the first city in the United States to have live 5G networks of the four main operators, see 5G in parts of downtown, Midtown and Tech Square, as well as in emblematic places like The Fox Theater , Emory University Hospital Midtown, Mercedes Benz Stadium, Home Depot Backyard, Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca Cola.

Verizon 5G implementation in Indianpolis reach the areas of Arsenal Heights, Bates Hendricks, Castleton, Crown Hill, Fountain Square, Grace Tuxedo Park, Hawthorne, Historic Meridian Park, Lockerbie Square, Ransom Place, Renaissance Place, St. Joseph Historic Neighborhood , Upper Canal and Woodruff Place.

Verizon says it will also serve Garfield Park and the Indiana University School of Medicine.

In the capital of the country, the service will be available at some landmarks, including the Ronald Reagan National Airport, the United States Botanic Garden, the Hart Senate Building, the National Art Galley, Lafayette Square, The White House, Freedom Plaza, Farragut Square, George Washington University, Capital One Arena, Union Station, Howard University Hospital, George Washington University Hospital and Georgetown Waterfront Park.

Although limited at first, Verizon promises to "expand service availability in the coming months" to cover more people in those areas with its new network.


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