AT&T reveals its first three mobile 5G cities

AT&T reveals its first three mobile 5G cities

But, a spokesperson said more cities would be announced in the coming months. Until there's a much larger footprint both in the USA and around the world, I wouldn't think we'd see iOS devices that work with 5G arrive for another two to three years.

Telecommunications experts estimate that 5G speeds will be about 10 times faster than 4G, which is presently the mobile standard.

Dallas-based AT&T says they will offer 5G to customers in a dozen cities including parts of Dallas, Atlanta and Waco by the end of 2018. Though mmWave spectrum will be used initially, other additional spectrum bands will be followed later.

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AT&T has said it will be aggressively pushing 5G deployment this year and beyond with the introduction of mobile 5G in many cities, extending its 5G Evolution to more cities and expanding the virtualisation of its network.

The 5G lab in Austin will allow AT&T workers to conduct tests to deploy the 5G mobile network.

According to the telecom giant, Waco will join Dallas and Atlanta as part of the rollout of the new network during the remainder of the year.

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The wireless giant previously said it would introduce the service to about a dozen USA markets by late 2018, but it didn't specify which cities or a specific timeline. So the work will help to migrate to standards-based 5G.

As the company notes, though, 5G isn't just about higher speeds; it is also about lower latency to support applications such as connected cars, the Internet of Things and augmented and virtual reality. That level of 5G is likely years away, though mobile 5G is a promising place to start.

Today's press release also touts AT&T's software defined network (SDN) and edge computing initiatives, which the carrier said will be critical to its 5G plans. However, it doesn't mean we'll be seeing 5G-compatible devices anytime soon.

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