Verizon has announced Indianapolis as the fourth city scheduled to receive 5G residential broadband service in the second half of 2018. The company previously said it would launch 5G in four cities this year, and Indianapolis joins Houston, Los Angeles and Sacramento as the first U.S. cities to get 5G service. Verizon will be the first wireless technology provider to deploy 5G residential broadband service and 5G mobile service in the United States. Home internet service will begin in the four identified markets this year. As mobile devices become available in early 2019, Verizon plans to quickly move to be first in 5G mobile service.
For Indianapolis consumers, 5G residential broadband means greater internet service options and faster internet speeds. The launch marks the next phase in Verizon’s long-standing relationship with Indiana state and local officials and the local utility, Indianapolis Power & Light.
“Indianapolis is one of our nation’s leading tech and business hubs, making our community a natural location to launch innovative new technology. I applaud today’s announcement by Verizon, naming our city one of the first 5G cities in the nation and look forward to the increased connectivity for our residents,” said Indianapolis Mayor, Joe Hogsett. “Verizon’s commitment to collaboration through investments in our city infrastructure and upgrades to venues like Lucas Oil Stadium led naturally to this next step. We expect to continue to build Indianapolis’ global reputation as a centre of innovation with the rollout of 5G.”
“The city of Indianapolis has been a strong partner in laying the groundwork for Verizon 5G,” said Tami Erwin, Verizon’s Executive Vice President, Wireless Operations. “We trailed 5G during the Indianapolis 500 in May 2017 and now we’re bringing next generation home broadband connectivity to residents. By becoming an early leader in 5G, Indianapolis will have a head start in seeing what this technology can do, using it to build an innovative city of the future.”