AT&T is prepping to bring the 5G to customers in dozens of cities. Today, the network announced three of those dozen markets – Dallas, Waco, And Atlanta. More markets are also expected to be announced in coming months. This is standards-based, mobile 5G we’re talking about.
The network is working to bring the mobile 5G to customers sometime this year only. More capable 5G devices and smartphones are also expected to come in 2019.
“After significantly contributing to the first phase of 5G standards, conducting multi-city trials, and literally transforming our network for the future, we’re planning to be the first carrier to deliver standards-based mobile 5G – and do it much sooner than most people thought possible,” said Igal Elbaz, senior vice president, Wireless Network Architecture and Design. “Our mobile 5G firsts will put our customers in the middle of it all.”
The cities listed above will get the 5G network based on 3GPP standards and operate over mmWave spectrum. It’s a higher frequency than what is traditionally used for mobile devices.
Additionally, AT&T says that they will bring more spectrum bands to the 5G network over time.