Published: Thu, February 22, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

AT&T announces first 3 cities to receive mobile 5G in 2018

AT&T announces first 3 cities to receive mobile 5G in 2018

It said it would announce more cities in the coming months.

The broadband provider is calling the testing facility a 5G lab. AT&T said the facility will open in North Austin in the spring and be used to test 5G network equipment and devices before they are rolled out to customers.

AT&T revelead the first three of a dozen cities that will receive its mobile 5G network.

In the case of smartphones, the company plans to offer more 5G-compatible smartphones and mobile devices beginning in early 2019. I guess we will be able to live stream 4K 360 degree content from our smartphones!

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The telecom giant said parts of Atlanta, Dallas and Waco, Texas, would see the service by the end of the year. Additional spectrum bands will be utilized for 5G later on. AT&T says virtualized and software-defined network helps in developing, deploying as well as protecting new network applications faster than the hardware based counterpart.

AT&T began doing 5G field trials in 2016 and tested the service with some residential customers as well as small and large businesses and high-traffic retail areas. At launch, AT&T's system will seem more like a very fast Wi-Fi network than a replacement for cell networks.

AT&T will launch its first mobile device for 5G - a mobile, battery-powered Wi-Fi hotspot - in late 2018, Mansfield said. "It has to do with how we think about the infrastructure", said Igal Elbaz, AT&T's senior vice president of wireless network architecture and design, to Mashable. But while 5G speeds will vary, depending on each carrier's respective network configurations, AT&T stressed in its announcement that its network will be based on '3GPP standards'. That level of 5G is likely years away, though mobile 5G is a promising place to start.

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