Verizon currently focuses on the use of high speed but relatively short distance mmWave technology, which means that its 5G network is currently only available in specific locations in the city where it is launched. Providing 5G networks in half of the US will require Verizon to significantly increase the availability of 5G networks in its already-launched 5G service cities, as well as launch 5G networks in new cities.
In today's earnings conference call, Vestberg defended mmWave, saying that Verizon's goal is to provide a "change experience" by offering a variety of high speeds that only mmWave can offer. However, he said that Verizon will launch DSS next year to help expand the company's 5G coverage. DSS is a technology that allows operators to share spectrum between 4G and 5G users, which means that the same spectrum segment can serve both devices. Verizon can then provide a broader coverage for its emerging 5G users without worrying about cutting a lot of 4G customer access.
By 2024, the delivery of 5G services to half of the population will require more 5G equipment. Verizon currently only sells three 5G devices:LGV50 ThinQ 5G,SamsungGalaxy S10 5G and Motorola Moto Z4, Moto Z4 and 5G Moto ModAccessoriesWith the use of. Other manufacturers are expected to launch 5G devices in the next few years. E.gappleThree 5Gs will be launched in 2020iPhone.
Prior to today's earnings conference call, Verizon brought its 5G network to four other US cities, bringing the total number of US cities accessing its next-generation network to nine. The company said it expects to launch 5G in more than 30 cities by the end of this year.