AT&T has published a blog post stating plans to introduce its 5G network in a dozen US cities by the end of 2018. They also revealed which of the twelve will be the first three to gain support, which are Dallas, Atlanta and Waco (Texas). The remaining eight will join in the months following, with more gaining access next year.
The carrier is confident about the work it has put in and assures us of the “aggressive schedule” it’s going through to make sure there are no hindrances. The technical details of their plan include integration of 5G deployments with the current LTE technologies in the initial stages and then expanding from there. They also plan to open a 5G lab in Austin, Texas to conduct tests on 5G mobile standards. For more info on the technical specifics, visit the carrier’s official blog post linked below as the source.
5G service is not just about providing faster speeds, but also to implement new cases of networking using Internet of Things (IoT), broadcast-like services, and lifeline communication in the case there’s a time of disaster. The research and development regarding 5G networking began in 2008, and has undoubtedly come a long way since. If AT&T can offer 5G service by the end of this year, it should be the first to the punch beating out rivals in Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint. Only time will tell.