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Verizon 5G Goes Live in Four More Major U.S. Cities

The company announced Wednesday the addition of Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; Detroit; and Indianapolis, Ind., to its growing list of next-generation Internet-capable cities. Five other cities already have the service.

Verizon announced the launch of its 5G service in four more cities Wednesday, bringing the total number of cities where the service is available to nine. 

Parts of Washington, D.C.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Atlanta; and Detroit now have access to the network, which promises heightened Internet, downloads and video streaming speeds. Those cities join the five other cities where the company's 5G offerings have already been deployed. They include Denver; Chicago; Minneapolis; St. Paul, Minn.; and Providence, R.I.

Considered to be the next generation of high-speed Internet technology, 5G offers data speeds 50 to 100 times faster than its predecessor, the 4G LTE networks

Earlier this year Verizon announced its intention to expand 5G coverage to 30 different cities by the end of 2019. In April, the company announced the names of 20 of those cities, including large urban hubs like Boston; Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio; Dallas; San Diego; Little Rock, Ark.; and Salt Lake City, among others. More cities are expected to be announced later this year. 

Verizon’s Chief Technology Officer Kyle Malady said in a prepared statement that the network expansion represented a big win for the company's customers. 

“Customers in these cities are at the forefront of game-changing technology, with access to download speeds and bandwidth that will power the future of consumer, business and government mobile applications. Similarly, cities that embrace new technology, like 5G Ultra Wideband, have a leg up in competition to attract businesses and create jobs,” said Malady.

Lucas Ropek is a former staff writer for Government Technology.
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