Super high-speed wireless 5G is coming to Sacramento, according to Mayor Darrell Steinberg's announcement Wednesday.
Steinberg was joined by Verizon for the announcement of their first commercial launch, and the first scaled commercial implementation of 5G in the nation.
Verizon's deployment will bring "super high-speed wireless 5G connectivity" for businesses and residents. The speeds were previously only available for residents able to connect to fiber internet.
“I’m thrilled that Verizon has chosen Sacramento as the first market it plans to launch 5G wireless broadband service. This is the perfect complement to the vision and spirit of our previously announced public private partnership,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “It’s another game changing moment for our city as we demonstrate Sacramento is the leading place to be, experience, and create the future.”
City officials hope the higher speeds will help improve the quality of life.
“This is a landmark announcement for customers and investors who have been waiting for the 5G future to become a reality,” said Hans Vestberg, Verizon president of Global Networks and Chief Technology Officer. “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.”
The 5G internet is expected to launch later in 2018.