Verizon Brings 5G Indoors Through Partnership with Boingo
The road to 5G hasn’t been an easy one for anybody. Carriers have pretty much been taking a trial and error approach to the new technology, and learning their limitations along the way. One of those limitations, Verizon has found, is getting their 5G service inside without it being spotty. To combat the issue, Verizon has partnered with Boingo wireless, a company best known for providing Wi-Fi at airports. Together they hope to bring 5G to those hard to reach places like stadiums, offices, hotels, and airports. Specifically, Verizon hopes to leverage Boingo’s experience with “distributed antenna systems (DAS), small cells and Wi-Fi.”
“Verizon and Boingo are working together to architect a hyper-dense network designed for large and small indoor spaces as part of Verizon’s ongoing 5G network expansions,” says Verizon.
Aside from announcing that they’d be working on a “hyper-dense network”, Verizon and Boingo have been tight-lipped about the where and when. It is probably safe to assume, however, that the two will get to work on bettering 5G in cities where it has already been released including Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Providence, St. Paul, Washington, D.C., and starting today, Phoenix. As expected though, the 5G coverage will be limited to the more high-traffic areas of the city.