NYC OKs 9 Providers to Expand 5G Coverage

New Yorkers can expect to see metal boxes start to proliferate just above their heads as the city announced ten new franchise agreements (covering nine companies) for providers to install 5G equipment on city-owned street light poles and traffic lights, as well as some privately owned utility poles.

The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) announced Monday the approval of ten franchise agreements negotiated by DoITT for NYC…

Initially, these companies will be permitted to install 4G and 5G equipment on street lamps, traffic lights and certain utility poles, but the aim is to eventually install the kit on Link NYC public WiFi kiosks, bus shelters and automatic toilets, subject to further city approval.

The new agreements are expected to increase 5G coverage across the five boroughs of New York, building on the eight previous agreements that allowed providers to install street furniture in the city.