San Jose Inks Smart City Infrastructure Deals With AT&T, Verizon

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San Jose has firmed up Smart City agreements with AT&T and Verizon to improve the city’s infrastructure and lay the groundwork for 5G.

In April, AT&T and San Jose announced a collaboration to deploy small cells. Building on that relationship, the carrier now says it will deploy an extensive network of small cells to enhance existing voice and data capacity – and lay the foundation for mobile 5G services that AT&T expects to begin introducing in the city in the first half of 2019.  The carrier describes public-private partnership as an example of a long-term, model lease agreement that will deliver digital advancements.

AT&T and San Jose are planning a pilot to trial several AT&T Smart Cities solutions; the trial may include LED Smart Lighting, public WiFi, AT&T Digital Infrastructure and Structure Monitoring. The carrier expects small cells will help fortify the FirstNet public safety communications network by adding more capacity for first responders.

Verizon and San Jose announced an agreement to improve the city’s IT infrastructure, which will lay the groundwork for the eventual introduction of 5G, according to a press release by the carrier. San Jose’s collaboration with Verizon includes the deployment of fiber and installing small cells on city-owned light poles and making significant monetary investments in the city’s Digital Inclusion Fund. “Upgrading San Jose’s broadband infrastructure is key to building a smarter city, advancing our long term economic competitiveness, and connecting residents who lack access to affordable, high-quality internet service,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo.

The carrier plans to provide the city with three smart city traffic solutions. They’re designed to provide the city with data to both improve motorist and pedestrian safety, and better manage and monitor parking. Verizon will also fund the provision of Verizon Connect services to the city’s vehicle fleet, according to the announcement.

The San Jose city council will review the terms of the Verizon deal at its scheduled meeting next Tuesday, June 26.

June 18, 2018

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