Cellular carriers begin installation of 5G infrastructure in Roseville

Updated February 04, 2021

5G, the next generation of broadband cellular technology, will be more available to Roseville cell phone users in the coming year. The technology began deployment worldwide in 2019. It is the successor to 4G networks, which currently provide connectivity to most cellphones.

In 2018, the FCC limited the ability of local governments to control or restrict the deployment of small cell sites generally used for 5G installations. 5G networks are part of the national communication infrastructure regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

In December 2019, the Roseville City Council approved a license agreement for carriers wanting to install equipment on City infrastructure such as streetlights. The agreement includes aesthetic, technical, and safety requirements. However, the City does not have the authority to approve or reject the deployment of these facilities in residential neighborhoods due to FCC orders.

Two carriers, Verizon and AT&T, have licensing agreements with the City. Verizon has begun deploying 5G equipment. Through January 2021, Verizon has deployed more than 70 small cell/5G sites, and the company plans to deploy more than 60 additional sites in 2021.

The majority of the sites were deployed on major roads, arterials or collectors.  However, a small number of sites were deployed in residential neighborhoods. According to Verizon, more than 30 additional sites will be installed in residential neighborhoods in 2021.

At full buildout over the next few years, Verizon suggests that they will deploy approximately 450 small cell/5G sites with 80% citywide coverage. The other major cell carriers are also planning for deployments in Roseville.

For more 5G information, visit roseville.ca.us/5G.