We are entering the era of 5G. Deployments are flirting with the mainstream threshold as network operators seek to set network operations to future-forward. And this week, a certain carrying intends to continue 5G’s march to ubiquity.
AT&T (News - Alert) announced the coming of the first Mobile 5G Service Line in the United States. As of December 21st, mobile 5G will be a reality in 12 cities, with seven additional cities coming in the first half of 2019.
For some time AT&T has been collaborating with technology supplier to make this a reality. Though this doesn’t appear a mass deployment, it is a strong step. And over time, the ecosystem will enlarge, enhancements with come and along the way customers will get to experience what 5G innovation is enabling.
"This is the first taste of the mobile 5G era," said Andre Fuetsch, president, AT&T Labs (News - Alert) and chief technology officer. "Being first, you can expect us to evolve very quickly. It's early on the 5G journey and we're ready to learn fast and continually iterate in the months ahead."
The initial 12 cities include the likes of Dallas, Houston, Waco and San Antonio, Texas; Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina; Atlanta, Jacksonville, Oklahoma City, Louisville and Indianapolis. The seven markets to follow include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco.
"As the ecosystem evolves, this technology will ultimately change the way we live and conduct business," said Mo Katibeh, chief marketing officer, AT&T Business. "We expect that our initial adopters will be innovative, growing businesses. They're the starting point for what we think will be a technology revolution like we've never seen before."
Delivering a faster mobile experience than LTE (News - Alert), AT&T is providing a mobile 5G experience supported by mmWave spectrum. And by leveraging the NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot over the mobile 5G+ network it is able to ensure exceptional network access to those even outside of the 5G+ network.
Digital transformation is at hand, change is all around, and the network is central to this evolution. The mainstream deployment of 5G will play a critical role for commercial and residential purposes.
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Edited by Maurice Nagle