Verizon Wireless has announced that its 5G Ultra Wideband service is now live in three big sports and entertainment arenas in Denver, San Francisco, and Phoenix. The service will be expanded to cover a total of 10 arenas in coming months, according to the company, which is working to bring its ultra-fast mobile broadband to a number of big venues.
As of now, Verizon 5G service is available in the Pepsi Center in Denver, the Chase Center in San Francisco, and Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix. Visitors who have smartphones that are compatible with Verizon’s 5G network can use it to access ultra-fast mobile speeds, greatly improving the ability to stream video, upload images, and more.
The connectivity will be particularly useful for vendors, sports teams, and others who can utilize the network for connecting smart gadgets to the Internet, having a backup alternative to WiFi, processing transactions directly at customer seats using tablets, and more.
These three arenas join the 13 NFL stadiums that recently received Verizon 5G coverage. Going forward, the service provider says it plans to also bring its 5G network to Madison Square Garden soon, though it doesn’t name any of the other destinations it has in the pipeline.
Talking about the expansion is Verizon VP of Tech Heidi Hemmer, who said:
Verizon is leading in 5G development and is transforming how entire industries operate ranging from entertainment to manufacturing, Having this next generation technology in large venues like arenas should not only enhance the game-day experience for sports fans, but provide greater bandwidth for concert-goers, visitors or businesses working inside the venue.