AT&T Appears to be Serious About Launching Mobile 5G This Year

Sean Reid
February 22, 2018

AT&T says it will add more spectrum bands to its 5G network over time, and it will be fully compliant with 3GPP standards. "Our mobile 5G firsts will put our customers in the middle of it all".

"ANTS will let us test unique and forward-looking features on a simulated 5G network for eventual standardization and use on our commercial network", company officials said. I guess we will be able to live stream 4K 360 degree content from our smartphones!

The first three AT&T mobile 5G markets will be parts of Atlanta, Dallas and Waco in 2018, the company said today.

A 5G network, which is capable of accommodating driver-less cars and other next generation technologies, would boost the speed and reliability of wireless service.

AT&T has said it will be aggressively pushing 5G deployment this year and beyond with the introduction of mobile 5G in many cities, extending its 5G Evolution to more cities and expanding the virtualisation of its network. The company didn't list specific areas of the Metroplex that would have access to the network.

AT&T will open a 5G testing lab in Austin, Texas to conduct runs on the network to optimize it for consumers.

Dallas and Waco were chosen due to their strong ties to the company, said Gordon Mansfield, AT&T's vice president of radio access network and device design. Thus, the company sets a goal to virtualize 75% of their network by 2020. But ultimately the mobile 5G market is likely to be considerably more important than the fixed 5G market. There's a good chance major hardware makers will announced some of the first 5G devices next week at Mobile World Congress.

AT&T will launch its first mobile device for 5G - a mobile, battery-powered Wi-Fi hotspot - in late 2018, Mansfield said.

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