Will Verizon Make Syracuse One of The First 5G Cities?


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City officials are proposing a deal, in conjunction with Verizon Wireless, that could make Syracuse one of the first in the nation to have a citywide 5G data network, reported Syracuse.com.

In Verizon’s tentative deal with the city, the carrier could install up to 600 small cells on streetlights over the next six years. If the agreement is approved, the first phase of installation in Syracuse would include 101 small cells, according to Syracuse.com.

Verizon officials say 5G connectivity via small cells will create a data network with a capacity for up to 1 million connected devices per square mile.

Under the proposed agreement, the city will charge Verizon $270 annually for each small cell placed on a city-owned streetlight. If Verizon follows through with 600 poles, the licensing agreement will generate around $162,000 a year for the city, reported Syracuse.com. Verizon must also pay an application fee for each small cell, $500 for up to five poles, which will generate an additional $300,000 in revenue for the city.  

“The future of work will likely depend on some level of connectivity,” said Sam Edelstein, the city’s chief data officer. “Prioritizing access to the internet across the city is critical.”

According to Coon, Syracuse’s Verizon network usage has gone up 50 percent year over year. He said the city has “done the hard work” to be ready for small cells, including writing policies regarding aesthetic restrictions.

Marc Coon, a principal engineer with Verizon Wireless’ Upstate New York Network Engineering team, noted that the company intends to install 5G citywide.

“This agreement does put into place the framework to allow us to deploy in all neighborhoods across the city,” Coon said. The agreement will require approval from the Common Council. If approved, Verizon could begin installation this summer, reported Syracuse.com.  Comments? Email Us.

May 1, 2019

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