AT&T plans to use millimeter wave spectrum to initially deploy mobile 5G before adding service on additional spectrum bands.
The telecommunications giant will offer mobile 5G in parts of Dallas; Waco, Texas; and Atlanta. More cities will get the same connection in the next few months.
The term 5G stands for 5th generation wireless broadband technology, which is expected to be faster and have better data capacity than current 4G networks.
AT&T has announced Tuesday that it is rolling out 5G to three locations including Dallas, Texas; Waco, Texas; and Atlanta. For the trial networks, AT&T is using Ericsson's 28GHz radios, virtualized RAN (vRAN), and full 5G virtualized core; Intel 5G mobile trial platform; Samsung's 5G router, 5G RFIC chipset, virtualized core, and vRAN; and Nokia's 5G equipment and solutions. AT&T might have found itself in a race with Verizon, which says it plans to roll out 5G home internet also by the end of 2018. "The real-world applications of these technologies could open up new opportunities for businesses across all industries to drive outcomes and engage with customers in exciting new ways." said AT&T in a statement. "So the work that we are doing now prepares us to seamlessly migrate to standards-based 5G".
This 5G is different than AT&T's hastily named "5G Evolution", which is still just LTE. At launch, AT&T's system will seem more like a very fast Wi-Fi network than a replacement for cell networks. But ultimately the mobile 5G market is likely to be considerably more important than the fixed 5G market.