Residents of Dallas, Atlanta, and Waco, Texas, will be among the first to try out AT&T's upcoming mobile 5G service. "We will add more 5G-capable mobile devices and smartphones in early 2019 and beyond". "The lab will be where our engineers can build and test creative solutions and run "stress tests" - simulating real-world customer experiences".
The telecommunication company is the first to announce plans to offer 5G to customers in 2018.
Those cities includes parts of Atlanta, Dallas and Waco, Texas, the company says - three cities where it has been conducting trials. Networks have been successfully completing tests while big companies are also rolling out 5G-related products like the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G which we'll see in phones next year.
"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. AT&T said the other nine cities will be named in coming months.More news: United States men's hockey eliminated in dramatic shootout loss
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AT&T's mobile 5G will be standards-based, and at least initally, it'll use millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum. Eventually the technology will be deployed on additional spectrum bands. However, it doesn't mean we'll be seeing 5G-compatible devices anytime soon.
Telecommunications experts estimate that 5G speeds will be about 10 times faster than 4G, which is presently the mobile standard.
AT&T and other carriers have been trialing 5G in fixed configurations and some have big hopes for that technology as a wireless alternative to FTTP or cable modem, at a deployment cost that is considerably less.