AT&T 5G Coming to 12 Cities this Year

Gladys Abbott
February 22, 2018

The first dozen cities to get mobile 5G include parts of Dallas, Atlanta and Waco.

USA carriers have used 5G announcements to create excitement and market themselves - especially since building the network infrastructure is such a pricey investment, said Sundeep Rangan, a fellow for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and an associate professor of engineering at New York University.

"This is standards-based mobile 5G we're talking about", AT&T says, adding it's the only USA carrier announcing plans to deliver such service in 2018.

The initial 5G deployments by AT&T will be based on 3GPP standards and will operate over mmWave spectrum. The company conducted field trials in mid-2016, including tests with residential customers, businesses and high-traffic retail centers. AT&T is also using equipment on its LTE network that will later allow for migration to 5G.

I wouldn't be shocked if we see cities like Austin and Indianapolis make the cut, since they are a couple of AT&T's live 5G Evolution markets. Now, the carrier has named three of those locations; it plans toannounce others "in the coming months".

AT&T expects to reach peak speeds of multiple gigabits per second on devices on the mobile 5G network with lower latency rates.

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

Sprint is also deploying massive MIMO radios using 2.5 GHz in 2018, which will be software upgradeable to 5G as soon the technology becomes available, according to a Sprint spokeswoman.

5G, is the next generation of wireless network technology, and is said to be 10 times faster than current 4G networks.

For Apple mobile devices owners, this is certainly great news.

Exactly what 5G means is a little cloudy because the various carriers are playing fast and loose with the term.

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