Verizon has revealed Houston as the third city to be involved in its United States 5G deployment plan.
The telco will roll out the next-generation network technology in the second half of 2018 after similar plans were revealed for Sacramento and Los Angeles, with a fourth city also to be confirmed in due course.
Verizon has a long-standing relationship with the Texan city, area first responders and residents, and this initial 5G deployment is supported by both state and local officials.
"We will be the first to offer commercial 5G service and our work with Houston put us one step closer to delivering that promise,” said Verizon’s incoming CEO Hans Vestberg. "With 5G we are ushering in a fourth industrial revolution that will help reshape cities and lead to unprecedented innovation, and Houston will be at the forefront of that innovation."
Houston's Mayor Sylvester Turner added: "We expect 5G will be a game changer helping us usher in a new wave of progress and innovation. We’re delighted to be one of the first cities to bring 5G to our local communities and look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with Verizon."
Earlier this week, Gigabit reported that Singapore is set to host its first 5G pilot by the end of the year in an initiative driven by Singtel and Ericsson.