AT&T announces its first 5G markets: Dallas, Waco, and Atlanta

Ivan Schwartz
February 22, 2018

AT&T is one of the USA carriers that said it will launch 5G services by the end of this year.

The company has said it will announce additional cities in the coming months, while promising to add more 5G-capable mobile devices and smartphones from early 2019 onwards - on top of whatever the first devices are at launch this year. AT&T has committed to deploying 5G wireless service in Dallas, Atlanta and Waco.

AT&T says it plans to offer 5G coverage in parts of 12 cities as part of its initial rollout.

Considering Apple has historically been late to the game with iPhone support for new wireless standards, it stands to reason that'll happen again with 5G.

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The company's 5G service will be based on 3GPP standards and operate over mmWave spectrum, according to a statement.

Low-latency connections reduce the time it takes for data packets to flow back and forth to your mobile devices.

"This is standards-based, mobile 5G we're talking about".

Customers in these cities will experience 5G, a faster and more reliable next-generation wireless network by end of 2018, AT&T announced. AT&T also said it plans to virtualize 75 percent of its network by 2020, after reaching its 2017 goal of 55 percent. But those tests have focused on the fixed wireless application of 5G - faster internet that's delivered to a designated area through the air instead of through fiber or copper lines laid in the ground. The test on Verizon's millimeter wave spectrum-using Nokia 5G network technology on a 5G NR prototype device provided by Qualcomm-was conducted to help prepare Verizon's network for widespread implementation of commercial 5G mobile services for consumers and enterprises. But he said many of 5G's most compelling uses, such as autonomous cars, are still years in the future.

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