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By: Raquel Wilson
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications

Hear all that we're doing when it comes to 5G Ultra and data protection. Plus, upcoming trainings for the V Team.

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Happy final Friday of January! On today’s Up To Speed Live, host Raquel Wilson shared the following updates:

Week in review

Monday: Andy teased our 4Q21 Earnings with a special look at our Credo with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.

Tuesday: Hans and the leadership team discussed our 4Q21 Results and the Credo Award was presented to all of us for making the launch of Ultra Wideband such a success.
Thursday: We got the motivation we needed to keep our health and fitness goals strong with tips from the Health & Wellness Team.

A big day for data

With today being International Data Privacy Day, Andy Choi caught up with Sue Vinci, Verizon’s Chief Privacy Officer, to learn more about how when it comes to privacy, we all play a role. Sue pointed out that in a meaningful way all of us on the V team are members of the privacy team. But knowing all the details of best practices can be difficult due to the wide range of roles and locations of V teamers around the globe.

Be on the lookout for emails regarding training opportunities that will be launching soon. Note: depending on your role and location, you may receive multiple training invitations. “Regardless of where you work or what we do, my team is here to provide support, so when you have questions please reach out to us via VZWeb,” said Sue.

Data protection is going Ultra

Raquel was joined by our Chief Product Development Officer Nicki Palmer. Nicki talked about how when millions of Americans are out and about, they’ll often use public WiFi, not realizing they are putting their personal and business-related information at risk.

“Each one of us should think twice before connecting our devices — even with Bluetooth,” warned Nicki. “Although the average consumer probably doesn’t have state secrets on their devices, a cyberattack can still reveal personal information, including login credentials and financial information.”

While WiFi requires manual configuration which puts the onus on the user, our networks are built for privacy from the ground up with security in mind. And 5G further advances the security features already built into cellular networks and adds on new features to protect users from a variety of attacks:

  • 4G and 5G have key security features such as built-in encryption, whereas WiFi requires manual configuration, which puts the onus on the user.
  • One of the unique elements of 5G is that it introduces an encrypted identifier that devices use when connected to the network, ultimately hiding metadata that otherwise could track a user and compromise their privacy. In short…. 5G networks provide a critical extra layer of protection for the user.
  • A 5G Ultra Wideband connection is the only hotspot needed for a more secure and faster connection for university campuses, coffee shops, hotels, and many more locations.
  • You can take your office and your sensitive information on the go and not have to worry about asking a barista for a password.
  • Teams can collaborate using HD video on BlueJeans, download huge files and even conduct commerce, without slowing down or worrying about bad actors online.

Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband also offers superior speeds versus public WiFi. Our 5G network expansion means more and more people and businesses will be able to experience up to 10x higher speed than 4G.

“I’m so proud of our entire organization’s work to not only plan, build, and operate the very best networks, but to create new products and experiences on these networks that move the world forward,” said Nicki.

5G Ultra Challenge — here’s what you can win!

By now, you should know about The Ultra Challenge, an opportunity for each of us to make a video pitch about 5G Ultra in whatever form you think works best: sales pitch, poem, TikTok-style dance, the sky’s the limit! A selection of Retail Associates put together videos of their own to motivate all of us to take part. A big thank you to Retail Specialist Osmar Trujillo (Los Angeles), Retail Assistant Manager Javon Price (Cincinnati), Retail Specialist Andrew Hopkins (Belton, Missouri) and Retail Manager Zach Eldridge (Columbia, Missouri).

Submit your 5G Challenge video for a chance to win concert tickets, Verizon brand gear and more.

Videos can be submitted starting now. If you’re uploading from a personal device, please drop your video at this link. If you’re using a Verizon device, please use this link. Note: Please label your video submission with your name and business group. Plus, we’ve got a great resource page on VZWeb with all of our 5G Ultra info.

100 on Corporate Equality and JUST 100 award

Verizon has scored 100 on the Corporate Equality Index and is considered a best place to work for LGBTQ+ Equality for 2022. Scoring high means we are a driving force for LGBTQ workplace inclusion with policies and practices committed to equality.

That’s why it was no surprise that Verizon was also recognized by JUST Capital and CNBC as part of the JUST 100. Not only were we listed in the top 10 of America’s Most JUST Companies, but we were also ranked #1 in our industry for our commitment to doing right by our customers, shareholders, society and, of course, our V Team.

Lunar New Year

Raquel wished a happy Lunar New Year to all those who will be celebrating on February 1. Starting Monday, our Employee Resource Group PACE will be launching a week full of events to celebrate.

If you have any questions, email them to live@verizon.com.

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About the author:

Raquel Wilson is a former adfellow who now enjoys keeping the V Team up to date on all things Verizon as a host of Up To Speed. You can always rely on her to have a good book recommendation and a latte she probably paid way too much for.

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