As told by Lowell McAdam, the chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, to CNBC recently, it appears that the Big Red is planning to launch its 5G offering in the city of Los Angeles in California before the end of this year. McAdam further noted that the municipalities of California cities such as Los Angeles and Sacramento (the state’s capital) are helping immensely in facilitating future 5G roll outs.
It was back in November of last year when Verizon Wireless had revealed that it has plans to debut its 5G service in the city of Sacramento in 2018, as well as in up to four other major metropolitan areas in the United States. This week, McAdam has stated that the mobile operator will be announcing two more 5G targets. Along with Los Angeles, the total number of cities to get 5G within the year is now at four.
It should be mentioned that what Verizon Wireless is looking to deploy before the year’s end is fixed wireless 5G, which involves utilizing customer premise equipment in order to deliver home broadband service (by way of wireless equipment mounted to a tower or cell site) to users. For Sacramento, the carrier is taking full advantage of pre-standard 5G gear, but as soon as standards based equipment are made available, it will immediately proceed to upgrading its service. According to McAdam, he expects more than a thousand cell sites complying with the worldwide standard to be up and running in the near future.
Meanwhile, Sprint has made an announcement of its own -- the fourth largest wireless service provider in the country has revealed that three cities -- namely New York City (New York), Phoenix (Arizona), and Kansas City (Missouri) -- will be the first to experience its 5G offering. It makes sense for the carrier to pick these three -- the Big Apple and Phoenix are, after all, the two biggest urban areas in New York and Arizona, respectively. As for Kansas City, the so-called City of Fountains happens to be where Sprint’s headquarters is located, which means that it should be an obvious choice.
Some may remember that back in February early this year, Sprint had officially confirmed that its 5G network will be launching first in no less than six metros in America -- namely, Atlanta (Georgia), Chicago (Illinois), Dallas (Texas), Houston (Texas), Los Angeles (California), and Washington, DC. With the addition of New York City, Phoenix, and Kansas City, the total number of confirmed 5G markets for Sprint is now at nine.
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