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5G Small Cell Deployment in Sacramento

5G Home Broadband Service IS LIVE!

On Monday, Oct. 1, Sacramento became one of the first cities in the world to go live with 5G, through Verizon’s new 5G home broadband internet. The City has been working with Verizon for the past year to install small cell towers on more than 200 utilities poles. The effects of high-speed 5G go beyond homes. Eventually available as free Wi-Fi in 27 parks, the network will expand digital access for underserved communities.

5G Background

The demand and need for high-speed data connectivity from residents, businesses, and visitors is on the rise with no end in sight. 5G is the latest approach to increase wireless capacity for smartphones and internet service. Technologies like 5G promise to revolutionize the daily lives of people in ways that we can only imagine.

The City plays an important role and is actively working to streamline the development processes and effectively and efficiently pave the way for innovators to implement technologies that will drive economic vitality and close access barriers and gaps to serve our diverse communities.

Verizon has chosen Sacramento as one of the first markets in which it is launching 5G residential broadband service. This first deployment is based on fixed wireless 5G specification, which offers ultra-high-speed, low latency residential broadband service to homes using millimeter wave spectrum. Verizon 5G small cells on Sacramento city or utility poles will typically consist of small-scale antenna/radios mounted near the top of the pole and will be installed throughout the community. 5G will be available in Sacramento in late 2018.

Planned Deployment Areas

Sacramento 5G Coverage Map

The Public-Private Partnership established in June 2017 between the City and Verizon launched framework for a 5G deployment and a series of game-changing initiatives that will drive forward the City as a thriving diverse community that leverages new technologies to improve quality of life for all.

Sacramento continues its emergence as a leader and innovator and will be the first scaled commercial practical implementation of 5G in the nation. It is this type of innovation that will enable residents to experience gigabit speeds that were previously only available via costly fiber. Technologies like 5G promise to revolutionize the daily lives of people.

The City plays an important role and is actively working to streamline the development processes and effectively and efficiently pave the way for innovators like Verizon to implement technologies that will drive economic vitality, decrease the digital divide, serve our diverse communities, and forward the mission of the City for all.