Star Wars: The Rise of 5G.

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Today on Up To Speed: Six new 5G cities announced and more in the week in review.

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The week in review.

This Monday, Santa Claus himself announced Los Angeles as the next 5G city, and he checked up on Verizon elves around the country spreading the holiday tech.

On Tuesday, we heard from V Teamers who participated in Wreaths Across America to honor military service members.

Wednesday, we announced Hoboken, NJ, as the latest 5G city, and took a look at Google’s Year of Search in 2019.

Then on Thursday, Solutions Manager Nakiyta Wells helped Jess out with last-minute holiday shopping at the Verizon store.

Six new cities for 5G Ultra Wideband.

This week, Verizon announced 5G service in Los Angeles, Des Moines, IA, Hoboken, NJ, and Memphis, TN, and at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Today, Verizon is adding six more cities to the 5G list: Charlotte, NC, Greensboro, NC, Salt Lake City, Grand Rapids, MI, Spokane, WA, and Miami.

Verizon Up fans meet Giants RB Saquon Barkley.

This week, a group of Verizon Up members got the chance to meet New York Giants running back and 2018 Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley. Super Tickets for the event were available through the My Verizon app, and the members who won them got to play Connect Four with Saquon and snap a picture with the NFL star. After the games, Saquon sat down for an interview with Giants legend Tiki Barber. 

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ premiere features Verizon 5G.

The highly anticipated conclusion to the Skywalker saga, ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,’ hits movie theatres today, and the world premiere in Los Angeles featured Verizon 5G in a big way. Our 5G technology was used on Disney’s production cameras and the footage of the red-carpet event was shared via Verizon 5G to a livestream audience on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Also, RYOT Studio created virtual Sith Jet troopers with 5G technology for the event and projected them on a wall at the after-party. Each Sith trooper was live-controlled by an actor wearing a motion capture suit at Verizon Media’s 5G studio, miles away from the event.

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