AT&T to start rollout of mobile 5G in Dallas, Atlanta, Waco

22 February, 2018, 01:22 | Author: Luis Fowler
  • AT&T names first three cities to get its ultra-fast 5G network

AT&T and other carriers now do not offer 5G-capable mobile phones, according to CNN.

"The fact remains that we are the only USA carrier that has committed to build a standards-based mobile 5G network in 2018", said an AT&T spokesperson in an email to Telecompetitor. 5G wireless is said to offer theoretical peak speeds of several gigabits a second at lower latency than existing 4G wireless networks. For the trial networks, AT&T is using Ericsson's 28GHz radios, virtualized RAN (vRAN), and full 5G virtualized core; Intel 5G mobile trial platform; Samsung's 5G router, 5G RFIC chipset, virtualized core, and vRAN; and Nokia's 5G equipment and solutions.

Early on, as AT&T awaits handsets that support 5G to emerge, it will initially deploy 5G-based mobile services using a small router-like device that can connect other devices to the 5G network. "The faster you get started, the faster you get to scale". Additional spectrum bands will be utilized for 5G later on. 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.

We're still early in the 5G game, but it's exciting to see that the coverage is going to begin rolling out in 2018.

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Rangan said device makers will likely debut the first smartphones for 5G in 2019 and 2020. "AT&T is the only US carrier that's announced plans to deliver this ground-breaking technology to its customers in 2018", the carrier said.

"Our mobile 5G deployments this year will be based on 3GPP standards".

Last year, Verizon announced it would launch 5G residential broadband services in 2018 in select markets.



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