Verizon CEO Says LA Is Second 5G City

Dan Jones
News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor
5/16/2018



Verzon's CEO said Tuesday that Los Angeles will be the carrier's second fixed wireless 5G launch, along with the already announced Sacramento.

5G "is a lot closer than people think," Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam, told CNBC.

"We're charging ahead," said McAdam in the interview. "I have never seen a technology that is as disruptive and has as much benefit to consumers as 5G."

Verizon is promising gigabit speeds at 2,000 feet out from its home-grown 5GTF specification, using 28GHz millimeter wave. Its initial offering will be an alt-fiber-style service using indoor (or outdoor) 5G signal routers to distribute the signal inside the home.

Los Angeles will be a far more challenging area to deploy 5G in than Sacramento, which is 69% less densely populated than LA.

Verizon says it will launch fixed 5G access in three to five US cities by the end of the year.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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