New York City based Verizon unveiled its 5G ultra wideband network in NYC, Boise, and Panama City. The launch is a part of Verizon’s plan to have its 5G network operating in 30 cities by the end of 2019.
Access to the network in New York City includes a portion of the city including business districts, destination landmarks and public spaces using a 5G enabled device.
“We’re continuing to build and expand our 5G Ultra Wideband network in both large cities, like New York and Chicago, and in smaller cities like Boise, Panama City and Providence,” Kyle Malady, Verizon’s Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer said in a statement.
The areas included in the 5G network include Areas of Manhattan including Midtown, Hell’s Kitchen,the Financial district, Harlem, and Washington Heights.
Selected areas of the Bronx, Brooklyn and downtown Brooklyn are also included.
Steve Alexander, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Ciena, a network solutions provider connecting cell towers, said that Verizon’s 5G network will have a positive economic impact in New York City, making the city a place of opportunity for other technologies to be tested in the area.
“For a start, 5G will provide the backbone of smart city operations. It will create an abundantly connected environment that allows smart vehicles, smart appliances and smart buildings to all communicate. This supports automated networks and systems that will collect, and act, on real-time information to ease traffic congestion, reduce energy consumption and vehicle emissions. It even has the potential to power new technology applications for the financial services and creative industries synonymous with New York City.” Alexander said.
“The success of 5G in New York City and other metropolitan areas, will be underpinned by the reliable flow of data across networks. 5G networks must be able to adapt intuitively to traffic spikes and abnormalities to meet demand, and must guarantee the quality and speed of data connections. The reliability and flexibility of these 5G networks will create a platform for new innovation; and never has there been a more fertile ground for innovation than a bustling and busy metropolis like New York.”
In addition to the benefits to NYC, the network in Panama City is a part of Verizon’s initiative to invest $25 million into the area to rebuild after hurricane Michael. For more details about Verizon’s 5G technology visit http://Verizon.com