AT&T Selects Three Cities To Roll Out Its 5G Services First

AT&T Selects Three Cities To Roll Out Its 5G Services First

The upshot is that although AT&T's initial 5G service won't operate in quite the same way that most wireless customers are used to, it does give AT&T the ability to claim a 5G "first" in a highly competitive wireless market.

The carrier plans on installing 5G in twelve cities by the end of 2018 and on top of the list is Atlanta, Georgia, and Dallas and Waco, Texas. AT&T says the aforementioned cities will be the first to get a taste of AT&T's 5G network in the form of millimeter wave service. AT&T also said it plans to virtualize 75 percent of its network by 2020, after reaching its 2017 goal of 55 percent.

The telecommunications giant will offer mobile 5G in parts of Dallas; Waco, Texas; and Atlanta.

5G will bring faster speeds for customers and help support an explosion of connected devices, from medical equipment to smart thermostats. The latter is said to be launching mobile 5G to consumers this 2018 so expect fast Internet in the very near future.




"You have to jumpstart the ecosystem", Mansfield said. "Our 5G firsts will put our customers in the middle of it all".

In a press release, AT&T states "AT&T is the only USA carrier that's announced plans to deliver this ground-breaking technology to its customers in 2018".

Telecom operators are expected to invest about $275 billion in infrastructure for 5G, according to research by consulting firm Accenture. Although we've had promises about 5G trials coming soon, these are the first cities to be promised real, mobile 5G by the end of the year. But ultimately the mobile 5G market is likely to be considerably more important than the fixed 5G market.

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