The commercial rollout of mobile 5G wireless service continues to become a reality. This week, AT&T stepped up to plate by naming three of the first 12 cities to receive its 5G wireless service. We previously reported on the telecommunications giant’s 5G trials taking place in Waco, Texas.
News about the cities scheduled to receive AT&T mobile 5G appeared Wednesday in TechCrunch among other sources. Read further to see if the next level of wireless Internet service is slated to arrive in your location.
AT&T Mobile 5G headed for Texas and Atlanta
Not surprisingly considering the current trials, Waco tops the AT&T list of the cities slated to receive mobile 5G. Dallas also made the top three, leaving Houston and San Antonio out for the time being. The company named Atlanta as the other city in this week’s announcement.
Since AT&T plans on rolling out mobile 5G to 12 cities by the end of this year, expect the other nine locations to be named shortly. This initial rollout uses the 3GPP standard; operating on the millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum. In addition to faster Internet speed, the 5G technology boasts smaller latency, making the wireless tech useful for home automation and online gaming applications.
Igal Elbaz, SVP of Wireless Network Architecture and Design at AT&T, commented on the upcoming rollout. “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 Elbaz.
What about 5G Smartphones and Tablets?
As TechCrunch notes, the appearance of 5G wireless service predates the availability of smartphones able to take advantage of the new technology. With the Mobile World Congress on the docket for next week, expect some 5G product announcements. Still, limited network availability probably hampers customer interest until 2019 and beyond.
Expect additional coverage on any news about new 5G smartphones over the next few weeks. Also, stay tuned for AT&T’s announcement about the other nine cities to receive mobile 5G this year. Of course, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and Sprint probably have similar announcements planned for sometime in 2018.