Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and City Councilmember Chris Cate and Verizon executives have announced a multi-million-dollar agreement that will accelerate the deployment of small-cell facilities to enhance wireless capacity and services.
The agreement also lays the groundwork for the future introduction of 5G next-generation technology that offers cutting-edge resources to enhance public safety and bolster San Diego’s economic competitiveness.
As part of the agreement, the City and Verizon will work together to improve the city’s information technology infrastructure and public safety. Verizon will give 500 smartphones to the San Diego Police Department and 50 tablets to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department to improve department communication and connectivity. Verizon has also agreed to install advanced traffic data gathering and sensing technologies at five crash-prone intersections to help the City better assess vehicular patterns and traffic flow using data.
Verizon will also perform an inventory of roughly 60,000 city-owned light poles to update and digitize the City’s catalogue of light pole information and provide improved wireless capabilities to residents. Finally, Verizon will deploy fiber and small cells to city-owned light poles. Small cells are compact wireless equipment that extend network coverage and increase network capacity for users.
The City has agreed to work with Verizon to streamline its permitting processes to cut red tape, reduce review times and get these technologies installed faster. Under the terms of the agreement, the City will develop a master permit for the installation of digital fiber so that more users can get access to broadband capabilities. The agreement calls for more than $100 million in infrastructure investment and equipment deployment from Verizon.