Small cell towers placed throughout Greenville to improve service

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) Small cell towers are being placed throughout Greenville, Mayor P.J. Connelly said.

Companies are installing them in preparation of 5G technology and to improve their service.

“It’s like 1x around the city. The fact that I have to get somewhere with wifi to even check a map, or to check the internet, or anything, or just scroll through twitter,” said Jatyrine Humprey, a Greenville resident.

When it comes to getting online in Greenville, some say the service is spotty.

“There are a couple of spots I’ve noticed on campus where there are like dead spots,” said Jeremy Billow.

Over a year ago the city council made the decision to waive the fees for these small cell towers to be installed because they understood the importance of being one of the first cities in the state to offer the technology.

“The main thing is that it allows some of these more dense areas where sometimes it’s tough to pick up cellular service, especially football games or the uptown district. There’s a lot of people down there,” said Mayor PJ Connelly.

Greenville would be one of the only cities in eastern North Carolina with 5G coverage.

“I think it’s important that we continue to allow the private sector to bring these opportunities to us because it has been a benefit to not only businesses but also to the consumers in our community,” said Connelly.

These are all being installed by the private sector and not the city of Greenville, P.J. Connelly said.

There is no word on a timeline of when residents can expect 5G coverage.

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