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Verizon to expand fast 5G to NFL stadiums, concert halls and UPS delivery drones

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Verizon plans to add lightning-fast 5G mobile service to 28 NFL stadiums this year so fans of playing teams can more easily watch video replays and see multiple camera angles during games.

The carrier, which made the announcement at the CES 2021 tech show on Monday, is already offering 5G in parts of 64 cities. The networks offer download speeds 10 to 100 times faster than average 4G LTE connections. In October, Verizon also unveiled a slower 5G nationwide that attracted some complaints of poor performance.

The company is fighting against its rivals AT&T and T-Mobile to appeal to consumers with faster download speeds. Companies, meanwhile, are keen to use 5G in manufacturing, healthcare, and other areas to speed up data collection and computing, a feature that could prove useful for everything from drones to cars. autonomous.

Here’s what Verizon announced at CES:

Large stadiums, fast service

The carrier’s 5G expansion to 28 NFL stadiums this year aims to deliver better multimedia experiences to huge crowds. Without the upgrade, this video traffic would overwhelm existing Wi-Fi and 4G mobile networks. Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, where the Super Bowl is being played this year, will be wired in time for the big game, said Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg.

A better melody

Verizon is also planning to add 5G service in 15 music venues managed by Live Nation, starting with The Wiltern in Los Angeles and including The Fillmore in Miami, The Masonic Theater in San Francisco and Irving Plaza in New York. The networks will allow fans with compatible 5G phones to see video close-ups of the performers from multiple angles, much like the NFL stadium networks. Some of the venues may be in cities where Verizon has already installed 5G hardware outdoors, but 5G signals do not penetrate buildings well, requiring additional equipment inside concert halls.

Drone delivery

Verizon partners with delivery giant UPS on using 5G to run a planned drone delivery network, said Vestberg, joined during his presentation by Carol Tome, CEO of UPS. In a test at The Villages, a large retirement community outside of Orlando, Florida, UPS will use drones from startup Skyward to deliver goods from local retail stores. Verizon’s 4G and 5G network will help manage drone traffic.

“We will need the ability to manage and support multiple drones, flying simultaneously, sent from a centralized location, operating in a secure and secure environment,” Tome explained. “To do this on a large scale, alongside Verizon and Skyward, we will need the power of 5G.”

Museums on 5G

Verizon has also announced several partnerships that are not directly related to 5G, but which could spark increased demand for the use of the technology. In alliance with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, Verizon will help render some of the museum’s most famous works of art digitally three-dimensional in virtual galleries. The works will include paintings by Vincent Van Gogh and Rembrandt, as well as the temple of Dendur from Egypt and medieval tapestry The unicorn rests in a garden.

In another partnership, Verizon is expanding its relationship with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC to bring more of its collection online in three-dimensional digital versions. New artifacts to be made available digitally for augmented reality systems will include exhibits at the National Museum of American History on youth through American history and the involvement of Latin American communities in baseball.

Last week, Verizon ad that it would add fast 5G in parts of three other cities, bringing its national total to parts of 64 cities. The carrier has also expanded its 5G-based home internet service from 12 cities to six other cities, including Miami, Phoenix and San Francisco.

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