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. The company said the nine other cities will be announced "in the coming months".
Besides being faster than today's 4G LTE systems, the next-generation 5G technology will have features designed for a streaming world. Mansfield said AT&T is working aggressively with vendors, so that it can start stocking shelves in 2019. AT&T has committed to deploying 5G wireless service in Dallas, Atlanta and Waco.
This competition and pressure to bring 5G to reality is a good thing for tech users and their smart devices. "You have to put the network capabilities in place that you can put different services on top of". Though mmWave spectrum will be used initially, other additional spectrum bands will be followed later.
Just how fast will 5G go?
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Conducting 5G tests in Austin "will allow us to continue our leadership in standards-based 5G mobile deployments", AT&T said in a written statement.
AT&T reports it is "the only USA carrier that's announced plans to deliver this ground-breaking technology to its customers in 2018".
Telecom operators are expected to invest about $275 billion in infrastructure for 5G, according to research by consulting firm Accenture.
"Ultimately, we expect to reach theoretical peak speeds of multiple gigabits per second on devices through mobile 5G", the company wrote in a Wednesday blog post.
2018 will be a year for the earliest of 5G early adopters.