Verizon announces Memphis is one of 20 cities to receive 5G service

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com)- Verizon announced Memphis is one of 20 cities to receive fifth generation or 5G Ultra Wideband service this year.

“It’s not like the old time cell towers,” said Mayor Jim Strickland. “It’s a smaller box that’s attached to already existing facilities like traffic lights.” 

Verizon announced that its 5G network will use new radio technology and device hardware for quicker wireless download speed that is 20 times faster than 4G.

Verizon hopes to provide the service in more than 30 cities by the end of the year. 

“It’s not like the old-time cell towers,” said Mayor Jim Strickland. “It’s a smaller box that’s attached to already existing facilities like traffic lights.”

The company says that it will provide is supposed to mean quicker downloads, outstanding network reliability, and better connectivity.

According to Verizon’s website, a feature-length HD movie can be downloaded in under 10 seconds.

“I’m excited, you know cellular service is kind of slow and spotty in certain parts of the area,” said Memphis resident Zamontreal Rodgers.

Officials say 5G is designed for use with augmented reality and gaming.

 “I think as Memphis is growing, the most important thing is to stay connected,” said Rodgers.  

However, right now, Verizon’s 5G will only work for two phones. The now available Motorola Moto Z3 and the new Samsung Galaxy S10.

An information technology contractor in Memphis says it will take some time before residents actually see the benefits of the new network.

“The technology needs more time to mature,” said Chris Williams, who also works as a technology reviewer.

“There needs to be more sites. Is it going to improve things overall here? The implementation, while it will be expensive, is going to improve things but it’s going to take time.”

According to Mayor Strickland, Verizon will pay the city for the use of poles and towers for 5G.  

In addition to Memphis, Verizon, also unveiled the names of 19 additional cities that will get 5G Ultra Wideband service in 2019. They are: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Little Rock, Phoenix, Providence, Salt Lake City, San Diego and Washington DC.

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