Verizon Says Upgrades Boost Services in Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Verizon on Tuesday announced the completion of major upgrades to its network serving customers in the city.

Among the upgrades, the 5G Ultra Wideband service is now available for 88% of people in the city, according to a news release. Verizon reports the improvements also provide expanded coverage into Boardman, including Boardman High School and Southwoods Commons.

The upgrades also increased median download speeds by more than 103% and median upload speeds by 60%, the release states.

“Our network engineers work tirelessly to ensure we can provide the most reliable connections across Youngstown,” said Dean Brauer, vice president of engineering and operations for Verizon. “We know customers count on us, and we work every day to ensure we deliver for them.”

Part of a major multiyear redesign of its network, Verizon reports it has deployed 5G Ultra Wideband service using Millimeter Wave technology, added new cell sites to extend coverage and capacity and installed additional fiber optic cables through the area.

The improvements are expected to affect both mobile and Verizon Home Internet services. Businesses, schools and consumers on the Verizon network are expected to experience higher speeds and greater capacity.

Testing on the network was completed by third-party company RootMetrics.

Pictured at top: A cell site with performance enhancement technology gives Verizon engineers more leeway to adjust performance based on where customers move and how they use data in various sectors. (Verizon)

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.