With the T-Mobile/Sprint merger now complete, the race is on to built nationwide 5G networks. While Verizon was first to launch its 5G network, recently both T-Mobile and AT&T have started to aggressively build out their own. By the end of 2020, a large percentage of the country will have access to 5G in some form. But Verizon is a behemoth and has the capacity (and money) to aggressively vie for a piece of the U.S. 5G pie.
But wait, what is 5G, anyway? The fifth generation of wireless networks, or 5G, has been nearly a decade in the making, and it’s finally becoming a reality. Promising dramatically faster speeds, instantaneous communication, and the ability to network everything, 5G has incredible potential. A limited rollout of the service began in select cities in 2018, and 5G started appearing in cities around the U.S. in 2019, with much more comprehensive launches expected throughout 2020.
Are you a Verizon customer? Here’s everything you need to know about Verizon’s 5G rollout.
Verizon 5G availability: Major U.S. cities
It’s official: Verizon won the race. The company flipped the switch in April 2019, turning on 5G in Chicago and Minneapolis. If you live in a specific area in those cities and happen to have a 5G-compatible smartphone, you can now enjoy 5G.
Since then, Verizon has expanded service to 34 cities, the most recent additions being Little Rock, Arkansas; Kansas City, Missouri; and Cincinnati, Ohio. We have a full list later in this post.
Verizon 5G services are also available in 24 stadiums and arenas. Initially, 13 NFL stadiums went live in September 2019, including:
- Bank of America Stadium (Carolina Panthers)
- Empower Field at Mile High (Denver Broncos)
- CenturyLink Field (Seattle Seahawks)
- Ford Field (Detroit Lions)
- Gillette Stadium (New England Patriots)
- Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Dolphins)
- Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis Colts)
- MetLife Stadium (New York Giants and Jets)
- M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore Ravens)
- NRG Stadium (Houston Texans)
- Soldier Field (Chicago Bears)
- U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings)
In December 2019, Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia Eagles), FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland Browns), and New Era Field (Buffalo Bills) were added, and Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City Chiefs) was added in January 2020
In indoor arenas, Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Chase Center in San Francisco, Pepsi Center in Denver, and Madison Square Garden in New York City went live last October, with KeyBank Center in Buffalo, United Center in Chicago, and Moda Center coming online through the beginning of this year.
Here’s a rundown of all the cities with Verizon’s 5G.