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Verizon Lights up 5G at Marine Base Amid DoD Push for 5G Exploration

July 23, 2020 / Kelly Hill

As the U.S. Department of Defense moves forward with exploration of the role that 5G will play in its future, Verizon announced this week that it is lighting up 5G service at the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, California. MCAS Miramar is home to 15,000 service members, the 3rd Marine Air Wing and the F35-C aircraft. According to Verizon, the 5G service at MCAS Miramar will provide a “living lab” for military and defense use of the technology, including autonomous transport. Andrés Irlando, SVP and president, public sector and Verizon Connect, said in a statement that Verizon will be working to support new uses cases at the site that ” improve cybersecurity, enhance the use of unmanned ground systems and drone delivery, and more.” The carrier said that MCAS Miramar is the first military base with access to its 5G Ultra Wideband service. The carrier has also laid the groundwork for 5G service at other military installations as it has provided 4G service.