According to a post on AT&T's newsroom, "parts of" Dallas, Atlanta, and Waco, Texas will be among the first cities to be serviced with true 5G speeds. The nation's second-largest carrier says that it will "announce additional cities in the coming months".
The 5G that AT&T is rolling out this year will only use millimeter-wave spectrum, which means that it will function very differently to our current LTE cell networks.More news: Florida Kids Will March On Washington To Shame Adult Politicians
The new technology, which is still being tested by industry leaders, promises faster data speeds for smart devices, expanded connectivity for smart house technology, more connected cities, and even encouraging the further development of self-driving cars.
Today's press release also touts AT&T's software defined network (SDN) and edge computing initiatives, which the carrier said will be critical to its 5G plans. Beyond Waco, the only cities the mobile giant had yet announced were Dallas and Atlanta. "It has to do with how we think about the infrastructure", said Igal Elbaz, AT&T's senior vice president of wireless network architecture and design, to Mashable. But those tests have focused on the fixed wireless application of 5G - faster internet that's delivered to a designated area through the air instead of through fiber or copper lines laid in the ground. "Our mobile 5G firsts will put our customers in the middle of it all". That trailblazing move makes the company the only USA carrier to roll out plans for the high-speed technology in 2018, according to its announcement. "We will add more 5G capable mobile devices and smartphones in early 2019 and beyond".