Dallas, Atlanta and Waco win the AT&T 5G jackpot

Dallas, Atlanta and Waco win the AT&T 5G jackpot

AT&T's making big promises with 5G.

Gordon Mansfield, AT&T's vice president of radio access network and device design said that Dallas and Waco have very strong ties to the company so the company chose the cities.

AT&T on Tuesday said that it would connect the three cities to its mobile 5G network by the end of the year.

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure says the company will launch its 5G network on the 2.5 GHz spectrum in the first half of next year. The answer is different depending on who you listen to, but AT&T's rollout of 5G in Atlanta, Dallas, and Waco meets two important criteria: It's compatible with the 5G NR standard agreed upon by the industry, which means theoretically any 5G-compatible device will work on the network; and it's created to work with portable mobile devices, rather than supplying home internet to houses along a street.

AT&T has claimed that it will be the first carrier in the USA to bring this groundbreaking technology (mobile 5G) to customers in 2018. "Our 5G firsts will put our customers in the middle of it all".

Trials on 5G networks have already been initiated in Europe, the US and South Korea, but the technology is expected to be fully developed and pushed out to the general public only by 2020.

The move comes after a promise from AT&T that it would deliver 5G to twelve cities across the US.

The new lab in Austin will test systems, applications, equipment and devices from different vendors before these are rolled out.

Of course, a mobile 5G network wouldn't be much good if you don't have devices to use it. AT&T has said that the first devices will be "pucks" like mobile hotspots, but smartphones and other devices will come in early 2019 and beyond.

AT&T will initially offer 5G using the 3GPP standards and mmWave spectrum, but as it's expanded, 5G will be integrated into other spectrum types as well.

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