Sacramento will be Verizon’s first 5G city

Details in Sac Business Journal

Sacramento will be the first city in the nation where Verizon will roll out commercial application of 5G high-speed wireless service, the company announced Wednesday.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) officials said in a news release the company expects to launch the service locally in the second half of 2018.

Sacramento is among three to five markets getting the 5G (fifth generation) services, which will use radio signals instead of fiber or copper cables to give customers faster levels of connectivity and service.

The announcement is the latest chapter in an ongoing partnership between the telecommunications company and Sacramento.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg has also pushed for more initiatives to build the city’s technology sector, as city officials aim to make the city a hub for testing for new technologies such as autonomous vehicles.

“It’s another game-changing moment for our city as we demonstrate Sacramento is the leading place to be, experience, and create the future,” Steinberg said of Verizon’s announcement, in a statement Wednesday.

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2 thoughts on “Sacramento will be Verizon’s first 5G city

  1. There is not a lot known about the Verizon G5 installation program. Verizon mentioned in their announcement the plan is to use millimeter waves. This might indicate that Verizon is not going to take the AT&T approach of a hopped up LTE approach called G5 (NR), using under 6 Gigahertz spectrum to start and then migrating to over 6 Gigahertz spectrum. More details here on the G5 New Radio (NR) technology being promoted by Qualcomm.

    According to an agreement with the City of Sacramento, signed last June, Verizon will use city conduit to bring fiber to 280 intersections and install WiFi access in 27 City Parks. The agreement includes provisions for internships and opportunities for elementary, middle and high school students to promote science, technology, engineering and math careers.

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  2. Verizon is promoting the Sacramento Partnership on Cable TV. Saw an ad this evening about how the new network will be used to manage traffic lights to increase flow during hours of congestion. Raising people expectation and setting the stage to reduce the bumps in the road, when the mini cell tower start to appear on every street corner. Stay Tuned, there will be more promotions.

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