NORFOLK, Va. - Naval Station Norfolk will become the first military installation in Virginia to experiment with 5G technology.
The world's largest naval base is one of seven Department of Defense sites announced this month as a locations for 5G testing. It joins five other installations already in the program.
At Naval Station Norfolk, testing will focus specifically on evaluating ship and pier connectivity.
5G is the fifth-generation of cellular network technology. It has been touted by the Defense Department as being "vital to maintaining America's military and economic advantages."
Testing and experimentation will focus on dual-use 5G technology, both military and civilian, to provide higher speeds and response times, as well as the ability to handle many more wireless devices than current technology allows.