Verizon 5G coming to Panama City

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Congressman Neal Dunn and leaders from Verizon toured the area Friday to plan the groundbreaking move of preparing to launch 5G.

"They're building on a 5G, true 5G mobile network so that once we get the appropriate phones and equipment you can actually work at 5G speeds out of your phone," said Congressman Neal Dunn.

Panama City will be one of the first cities to get the new 5G technology. To put things into perspective, 5G means data will move at the speed of fewer than 10 milliseconds. That's faster than the blink of an eye.

Andrea Caldini, Vice President of network engineering for Verizon, said, "We have small cells that we're building throughout the city. We also have microsites that we are adding capacity to as well and we say we're hiding in plain sight. If you drove by one of the poles that we have you wouldn't necessarily notice the equipment up there."

This is all part of Verizon's $25 million investment in the Panama City area since Hurricane Michael.

"Verizon wanted to make right Panama City after the storm. They came and said we feel awful this is happening. We want to make this up to you," said Dunn.

The company does not have a specific launch date, but 5G is expected to launch sometime this year.