Verizon on Friday announced that its 5G network is now available in three NBA arenas and is reaching seven more by the end of the 201
But there is a big warning, just as there is Verizon 5G coverage at NFL stadiums: Verizon 5G covers only some of the seating areas.
On Friday, Verizon's announcement of 5G in the arenas did not mention this significant limit. But when contacted by Ars, Verizon stated that the 5G network did not cover the entire scene for any of these NBA facilities. "Only designated seating areas" in the NBA arena have access to 5G, a Verizon spokesman said.
This is not surprising given that Verizon's early launch of 5G relies heavily on millimeter wave signals that do not travel far and are easily blocked by walls and other obstacles. But while NFL stadiums are typically between 60,000 and 80,000 people, seating capacity in the NBA arena is typically between 17,000 and 21,000. Despite the large size difference, Verizon's 5G network is not yet able to cover all seating in each of these facilities.
Phoenix, San Francisco, and Denver
Verizon stated that 5G is newly available at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix (home of the NBA's Phoenix Suns), Chase Center in San Francisco (home of the NBA's Golden State Warriors) and Pepsi Center in Denver (home of the Ngget Deng Nuggets and the NHL in Colorado Avalanche). Verizon's announcement did not say what speed data participants should expect, but promised that 5G "will improve the gaming experience for sports fans [and] will provide more bandwidth for concert goers, visitors or businesses, working at the establishment. "
Verizon also said that the 5G coverage was "coming soon to Madison Square Garden" in New York, home of the NBK of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers. Overall, Verizon said "the 5G Ultra Wideband mobile service will be live in 10 arenas by the end of the 2019-2020 season," but did not specify the others. There are 29 NBA arenas and 32 NHL arenas, some of which overlap.
It is unclear when or whether the Verizon 5G will be able to cover all seating areas in any major sports facility. Verizon boasts that its 5Gs are available in 13 NFL stadiums and reach more this season, but he has not said he expects to reach full stadium coverage. 5G can run at all frequencies, so at least it should eventually be expanded to the same frequencies used for 4G.
Just because Verizon adds 5G to a stadium or arena does not mean that 5G is available anywhere else in the city where the facility is located. "In some cities, the stadium will be the only venue with the Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband service," Verizon said when making his announcement about the NFL. Verizon offers 5G in parts without the Denver and Phoenix Arena, but not yet in San Francisco.
Verizon made another 5G message today, saying its home 5G internet service is coming to Chicago on October 24, the fifth city to receive it.
For mobile service, Verizon charges $ 10 extra per month for 5G service, but includes it free of charge "for a limited time" in certain unlimited plans. Verizon charges $ 70 per month for a 5G home internet service or $ 50 if you are also a Verizon mobile client. Verizon said it plans to introduce 5G home internet in every market where it uses 5G mobile service. Without including the stadium, Verizon 5G mobile is currently available in 10 cities and is set to reach 20 more cities by the end of 2019