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San Jose forms PPP with AT&T to pave the way for a 5G smart city

AT&T and the City of San Jose are teaming up in a public-private partnership (PPP) which aims to foster the creation of a smart city.


In April, AT&T and the City of San Jose announced a strategic collaboration for the deployment of small cells. Furthering that relationship, AT&T will be deploying an extensive network of small cells to enhance existing voice and data capacity.


This will lay the foundation for mobile 5G services, which AT&T expects to begin introducing in the city in the first half of 2019.


AT&T and San Jose plan to engage in a pilot to trial a multitude of AT&T smart cities solutions, which they say could include LED smart lighting, public Wi-Fi, AT&T digital infrastructure and structure monitoring.

Mayor Sam Liccardo said: “Upgrading San Jose’s broadband infrastructure is key to building a smarter city, advancing our long term economic competitiveness, and connecting residents who lack access to affordable, high-quality internet service. We’re excited that San Jose residents will soon be able to take advantage of AT&T’s enhanced network and look forward to continuing our partnership with AT&T to lay the foundation for next generation connectivity.”

Michael Zeto, VP of AT&T IoT and General Manager of Smart Cities, added: “Cities are often tasked with finding solutions to issues like traffic jams, energy consumption, public safety, and many others.

“San Jose and AT&T are exploring how a smart cities environment will put residents first by solving challenges that are most important to them.”

Public safety

AT&T says it also expects small cell technology to help strengthen the FirstNet public safety communications network by adding more capacity for first responders where it’s needed most.

“This, coupled with 5G technology and smart cities solutions, plus existing AT&T Fiber ultra-fast Internet service, will help create a safer, more efficient and sustainable community,” an AT&T statement said.

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