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5G network turned on in four cities

The company says it was able to launch 5G in these first four cities because of forward-looking state policies

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Houston was officially the first city to benefit from the 5G network
Houston was officially the first city to benefit from the 5G network

The world’s first commercial 5G networks have gone live for consumers in the American cities of Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento.

 

Built on the Verizon-led open 5G TF network standard, Verizon 5G Home is the next generation of home broadband services that provides super-fast wi-fi.

 

Forward-looking state policy

 

The company said it was able to launch 5G in these first four cities because of forward-looking state policy and local leaders who embraced innovation and developed a strategic vision for how 5G could be a platform to attract new investment, businesses and next generation services for residents.

 

“The world’s first commercial 5G service is here,” said Ronan Dunne, president, Verizon Wireless. “We’ve formed incredible partnerships with many of the world’s leading technology companies, the international technical standards bodies, public officials, developers and our own customers to drive the 5G ecosystem forward, faster than most had predicted. And now, actual customers. It’s been an incredible journey...and we’re just at the starting line.”

 

Verizon is on a mission to bring 5G service to consumers as quickly as possible which is why the 5G Home service is built on the Verizon-led open 5G TF network standard rather than waiting for the formal 3GPP 5G NR standard to be incorporated into network equipment, devices, chipsets and software.

“The arrival of 5G will change the technology landscape in Sacramento forever”

It says that as its 5G technology partners bring that hardware, software, chipsets and devices to market on the 3GPP 5G NR standard, it will upgrade its First On 5G Members to that equipment at no charge.

 

Beyond home broadband services

 

Cities have worked proactively with Verizon to ensure the infrastructure is in place for more than a year. Sacramento, for instance, has installed small cells on more than 200 utilities poles and street lights.

 

Its city leaders recognised the ultimate impact of high-speed 5G as it goes beyond home broadband service. It will attract additional investment, expand digital access for underserved communities and increase the city’s appeal as a place to test autonomous vehicles and other 5G-dependent innovations.

 

The recently announced Aggie Square innovation campus – a joint project between the city and the University of California, Davis – is already supporting development of the technologies that will change how residents live, work, and play.

 

“We have shown we can build the infrastructure for companies to come here and deliver new products that will improve the lives of our residents,” said Maria MacGunigal, the city’s chief information officer. “The arrival of 5G will change the technology landscape in Sacramento forever.”

 

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