The promise of 5G broadband is juicy. Un-tethered and unlimited by copper or fiber, ubiquitous, fast, wireless broadband sounds like the future being imagined to support countless tools and technologies from digital wallets to driver-less cars.
Verizon has just announced the first city to get 5G broadband services in late 2018, with up to four additional markets to get commercial service by the end of the year. So which city is the lucky incubator? Sacramento.
“This is a landmark announcement for customers and investors who have been waiting for the 5G future to become a reality,” Hans Vestberg, Verizon’s president of Global Networks and Chief Technology Officer said. “We appreciate our strong ecosystem partners for their passion and technological support in helping us drive forward with 5G industry standards, for both fixed and mobile applications. The targeted initial launches we are announcing today will provide a strong framework for accelerating 5G’s future deployment on the global standards.”
Here’s Verizon’s president of Global Networks Hans Vestberg giving a presentation on the company’s 5G plans.
Sacramento City officials are unsurprisingly giddy about the announcement.
Here’s a statement from the city on the announcement, calling the arrival of broadband wireless a “game-changing moment” for the city and a product of its partnership with Verizon and a model for public-private partnerships in cities across the country.
“This is exactly what we were shooting for when we established the partnership with Verizon in June of this year – a partnership that enables the city to demonstrate innovation in the real world and allow us to lean forward so that the we can leverage technology and collaborative relationships for the benefit of our community,” said Maria MacGunigal, Chief Information Officer for the City of Sacramento, according to the Sacramento City Express.
Verizon has been testing residential 5G throughout 2017, the company said, adding the company is confident their wireless broadband, powered by milimeter-wave spectrum, will meet customer expectations and demand. Verizon estimates residential wireless broadband is a 30 million household opportunity.
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