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5G Small Cell Deployment in Sacramento

4g and 5g small cell RF Emissions evaluation

The City of Sacramento retained Hammett & Edison, Inc., Consulting Engineers to evaluate several small cell base stations for compliance with appropriate guidelines limiting human exposure to radio frequency ("RF") electromagnetic fields. The City of Sacramento also retained Health & Medical Physics Consulting (HAMPC) to review and evaluate data and documents submitted to the City to determine if recently installed small cell wireless devices are in compliance with current FCC exposure standards. Read the following reports  for results of their evaluations.

Why 5G?

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.

Sacramento continues its emergence as a leader and innovator and was 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. 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. Technologies like 5G promise to revolutionize the daily lives of people.

5G Home Initial deployment

Sacramento 5G Coverage Map

On October 1, 2018, 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 worked with Verizon for a year to install 5G small cell towers on more than 300 utilities poles. 

Verizon chose Sacramento as one of the first markets to launch 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.

Public-private partnership solution offerings

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, including: