AT&T Appears to be Serious About Launching Mobile 5G This Year

AT&T 5G rollout starts in these three cities

As we previously reported, AT&T's initial mobile 5G service will be based on mobile hotspots, or "pucks", as 5G-capable smartphones will not be available in time for the launches. "Our mobile 5G firsts will put our customers in the middle of it all".

Central Texans will be among the first in the nation to experience 5G - or fifth generation mobile technology - that tech companies say will increase bandwidth and lower latency, meaning consumers will be able to transfer data more quickly. The new 5G lab in Austin will allow the carrier to conduct tests standards-based 5G including Advanced 5G NR Testbed Systems. AT&T said the other nine cities will be named in coming months. Customers in parts of the Georgia and Texas cities "will be the very first to access this next generation of wireless services", said AT&T senior VP Igal Elbaz. Though mmWave spectrum will be used initially, other additional spectrum bands will be followed later. "The company said the 5G network will integrate with the current LTE technology". 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. We've been hearing related news from T-Mobile and Verizon and of course, AT&T. ANTS will let the carrier test unique and forward-looking features on a simulated 5G network for eventual standardisation and use on a commercial network.

AT&T will launch its first mobile device for 5G - a mobile, battery-powered Wi-Fi hotspot - in late 2018, Mansfield said.

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