• The challenge

    Lack of visibility into infrastructure performance and operations

Relying on customers to report outage information is slow and can impact the customer experience and loyalty, while manual truck rolls to inspect and troubleshoot equipment issues can be costly.

Many infrastructure-intensive industries, like utilities, struggle to monitor performance at scale and in near real time.

  • Make the most of data.

    5G-enabled IoT sensor data can be operationalized for more efficient and proactive efforts on the part of the utility.

  • 5G opportunities

    Expanded IoT deployment with 5G

5G can dramatically reduce latency to support near real-time updates and instant communication.

5G can connect a high density of sensors and devices simultaneously.

5G has the throughput to rapidly transmit large amounts of data, such as a system-wide firmware update.

5G could support artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled decision-making to activate power grid controls in near real time, increasing reliability and minimizing the impact to customers.

How it works

    • IoT sensors streaming data over 5G could generate electrifying insights.

      • A utility company could place 5G-enabled IoT sensors in key locations to continuously monitor power transmission throughout the grid.

      • Power lines and transmission towers could house IoT sensors that notify engineers when there is a loss of power, improving the resilience of the grid.

      • Engineers or 5G-enabled AI could monitor numerous miles of power lines, and even entire cities, with large deployments of IoT sensors.
      • 5G will eventually support up to 100 times more devices per square kilometer than 4G, enabling massive IoT deployments for better data capture and insights.

      • In the near-future, IoT devices for utilities could run wirelessly over 5G, allowing them to be quickly deployed with minimal support infrastructure.
      • This could allow utility companies to reduce maintenance costs and improve the reliability of services for their customers.

5G built right

Our 5G Ultra Wideband network is built right to power transformative possibilities for business. With rapid throughput and massive bandwidth, 5G Ultra Wideband can support the sensors and data required for near real-time management of large infrastructure operations.

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    • Achieving 5G Ultra Wideband’s extraordinary speeds requires a massive fiber infrastructure
    • Verizon has made significant investments in fiber densification in major cities around the nation

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  • Millimeter-wave spectrum


    • Verizon has critical spectrum holdings that include millimeter-wave and C-Band spectrum
    • Millimeter-wave spectrum supports 5G Ultra Wideband’s transformative performance and C-band will enable performance and expanded coverage

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  • Small-cell deployment

    Small-cell deployment

    • Verizon has spent years densifying its 4G LTE network, and its 5G network leverages the same densification
    • Verizon has relationships in place with large and small municipalities, enabling its small-cell deployment

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  • Edge computing

    Edge computing

    • Verizon has network locations that are ideally suited for housing edge-computing resources
    • MEC delivers applications closer to the end user while providing access to the tools, power and compute to deploy at scale

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    • This is 5G built right, from the network businesses rely on.

    • 5G Nationwide available in 2,700+ cities on most VZ 5G devices. 5G Ultra Wideband (UWB) available only in parts of select cities.
      Verizon 5G access requires a 5G-capable device.  5G UWB access requires a 5G-capable device with select voice/data and 5G UWB plans.

    • Future use case not currently available.

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