Los Angeles Convention Centre becomes the first in the US with permanent 5G WiFi

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Los Angeles Convention Centre becomes the first in the US with permanent 5G WiFi

The Los Angeles Convention Centre (LACC) has become the first convention centre in the United States to permanently install a 5G wireless network.

The cutting-edge technology was deployed at the LACC in conjunction with the “GSMA Mobile World Congress Americas, in Partnership with CTIA” on September 12-14, 2018.

Doane Liu, executive director of the City of Los Angeles Department of Convention and Tourism Development, said: “The establishment of 5G at the Los Angeles Convention Center will serve as a catalyst across all of Los Angeles.

“This is a significant development that will drive technological advancements in our city, reinforcing Mayor Eric Garcetti’s goal that Los Angeles will continue to be the number one digital city in the United States.”

5G is the fifth generation of wireless internet and voice services, improving on 4G LTE that currently accounts for around three-quarters of total mobile connections in the US. 5G will move data faster and be more responsive, dramatically increasing wireless speeds and capacity to transform services such as AI, VR, and video calling.

It will facilitate additional technology uses including autonomous vehicles, smart cities, and more. Launching a powerful 5G network enables the next level of technology, as showcased in demonstrations at the 2018 Mobile World Congress Americas, a three-day conference and exhibition convening the mobile ecosystem and its adjacent industries.

Reed Peterson, head of Mobile World Congress Americas, GSMA, said: “The LACC is taking a visionary approach in deploying its new 5G network, providing next-generation capabilities for exhibitors and attendees at Mobile World Congress Americas, and many other events, well into the future.”

Stuart Wood is a news reporter across the Mash Media editorial portfolio. He writes for CMW alongside sister publications Conference News, Exhibition News, Access All Areas and Exhibition World.