AT&T announces Dallas, Atlanta, and Waco as first three 5G cities for 2018

Two cities in Texas and Georgia’s capital are getting AT&T’s faster mobile internet

Following AT&T’s pledge a month ago to build out a true 5G network before the year’s over, the telecom has declared its first three of 12 areas that will get standards-based, mobile 5G before the year’s over. The organization says two Texas cities, Dallas and Waco, are on the list, and additionally Atlanta, Georgia. An AT&T spokesperson says additional cities will be “announced in the coming months, rounding out the dozen we have committed to hit this year.”

AT&T initially declared its intentions to build a 5G network a year ago. In any case, that technology was basically a re-branding and deployment of existing LTE capabilities that AT&T astutely called “5G Evolution,” which it appears was intended to confuse consumers into thinking its network had jumped ahead of competitors. Be that as it may, 3GPP — the standards organization responsible for classifying what is and isn’t 5G — signed off on official specifications for a true 5G network in December of last year. Not long after, AT&T announced its intentions to build a true network that matches the new standards.

“Our mobile 5G deployments this year will be based on 3GPP standards. We will use mmWave to provide mobile 5G first, and then deploy the technology on additional spectrum bands,” an AT&T spokesperson said in a statement. “Also, note that the equipment that we are deploying today in our LTE network is 5G capable. So the work that we are doing now prepares us to seamlessly migrate to standards-based 5G.”


Source: Nick Statt | The Verge