Telecommunications giant Verizon has started updating a North Las Vegas site for 5G, the next standard for wireless technology that's still years away.
City-issued permits detail about $16 million of work to upgrade Las Vegas' so-called network switch, which handles voice calls and wireless data transmissions for the region.
The work includes an 8,000-square-foot addition to the building near the intersection of Gowan Road and Commerce Street and remodel of an existing power plant and network room on site.
The upgrades accommodate new technology and increased customer demand for data, Verizon spokeswoman Jeannine Brew said.
The technological improvements are part of Verizon's road to 5G, Brew said.