Verizon has selected Charlotte as one of 20 cities that will get its 5G Ultra Wideband service in 2019. The service uses new radio technology and hardware to deliver advanced capabilities and data speeds potentially 20 times faster than 4G.
Along with faster speeds for average users, 5G promises innovations for business and city management. Things like connected home appliances and smart traffic lights reducing congestion on roads can improve with 5G service.
Acknowledging Verizon’s choice of the city for this new service, Mayor Vi Lyles said:
“Charlotte is an inclusive and welcoming community that embraces innovation and partnerships between the public, private and non-profit sectors. We are excited that Charlotte has been identified as a leading city that will receive Verizon’s new 5G service this year.”
AT&T rolled out limited 5G services in December in both Charlotte and Raleigh, offering the service to select businesses and consumers through a mobile hotspot.
Fifth-generation wireless is the latest cellular technology. Unlike 4G, which requires large, high-power cell towers to radiate signals over longer distances, 5G wireless signals will be transmitted by large numbers of small cell stations located on things like light poles and building roofs. The many small cells are needed because the band of spectrum 5G relies on can only travel short distances and can be interfered with by weather and physical barriers.―WFAE