Verizon’s 5G comes to (parts of) Los Angeles

Brian Heater
BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 27: A 5G logo is displayed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on February 27, 2019. (Photo by Adria Puig/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The clock is ticking on Verizon’s plans to bring 5G to 30 cities. Short of an actual Christmas miracle, things are looking rough. On the upside, the carrier (and, disclosure, parent of TechCrunch) just brought the next-gen technology to a nineteenth city. And it’s a doozy.

Verizon announced this morning that it has flipped the switch on 5G in Los Angeles. Or parts of it, at least. You get the usual caveat with Verizon’s chosen 5G tech here. It’s fast, coverage is limited. In fact, it’s limited to such a point that the company has to specify the specific neighborhoods covered by its ultra-wide-band tech. 

LA is, of course, quite large. It’s the second most populous city in the U.S. and twelfth largest  by size (Alaska and Montana have a way of skewing those numbers). It’s a lot of ground to cover. The company’s rapidly gentrifying downtown area seems to have gotten most of the love here.

Here’s the per neighborhood breakdown, straight from the carrier’s mouth:

[P]arts of Downtown, Chinatown, Del Rey, and Venice around landmarks such as: Grand Park, Los Angeles Convention Center, Union Station, LA Live, Staples Center, and Venice Beach Boardwalk.

Verizon promises that Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Des Moines, Little Rock, Memphis and Salt Lake City will be added to the list before end of year.