Verizon has seen data usage on its 5G Ultra Wideband network increase 249 percent since the beginning of 2021, the wireless carrier recently announced. Verizon plans to deliver approximately 175 million points of presence (PoPs) by the end of 2022 and looks to deliver at least 250 million POPs by the end of 2024.
With 5G Ultra Wideband, users are experiencing ultra-fast wireless speeds, up to 4 gigabits per second (Gbps) in some places, allowing them to download and stream video content in seconds, videoconference and collaborate remotely in near real time as well as take advantage of new immersive customer experiences that weren’t previously available via a wireless connection.
Additionally, enterprise customers have better access to the technology that can dramatically accelerate their digital transformation and change how they interact with their customers, track inventory, manage operations and engage with their workforce.
“As the world continues to transition toward increased connectivity, we are playing a critical part in building and expanding this technologically advanced platform,” said Kyle Malady, EVP and President, Global Networks, at Verizon. “We are leading the way in meeting the demand for fast, reliable connections for both consumers and businesses, and the demand for this service is only accelerating.”
The rapid 5G adoption is due to Verizon’s network-as-a-service foundation, according to the carrier. Verizon’s customers who are using its 5G Ultra Wideband have seen peak speeds in the gigabit range and are benefitting from the network’s capacity. This is especially true for in-building gatherings such as at arenas and convention centers. The network’s capacity has also yielded more opportunities that include accommodating large crowds at sports and entertainment venues, where data usage is usually in high demand.
The carrier expects that its 5G Ultra Wideband service’s speeds and capacity will only continue to grow as it gets access to more spectrum.
Verizon state data
A handful of states in particular have helped Verizon see its data growth average increase significantly. Maryland (1,631 percent), Delaware (1,526 percent), Pennsylvania (859 percent) New Jersey (779 percent) and Virginia (744 percent).
While those states saw the most growth in data usage, California, Indiana, Illinois, Arizona, Texas, Michigan, Florida, Minnesota, Nevada and Ohio used the most 5G Ultra Wideband data as of April 2022. Meanwhile, Nevada led all states when it came to users who switched from 4G to 5G, with more than a quarter of their data being used over 5G service.
“These adoption and growth rates demonstrate the high demand for 5G Ultra Wideband service and with 5G phone penetration continuing to grow, Verizon expects usage to climb sharply,” the carrier said in its release. “5G phone penetration will be over 60% by 2023 and greater than 80% by 2025 — the fastest adoption of new technology of any ‘G’ so far.”