At the end of 2017 AT&T announced it would bring 5G service to more than a dozen American cities in 2018, without many details about which cities would be the lucky few with early high speed, wireless internet. Now, the first three cities have been announced and they just might surprise you.
The first three cities to get AT&T 5G are Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, Texas. Waco? Yes, Waco.
“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 Igal Elbaz, senior vice president, Wireless Network Architecture and Design. “Our mobile 5G firsts will put our customers in the middle of it all.”
In addition AT&T will open a new 5G lab in Austin, Texas for research into 5G. One of the lab’s first projects was building an in-house, AT& proprietary Advanced Testbed System (ANTS), which can test new 5G services before they’re rolled out on the commercial network.
AT&T adds that along with 5G comes a more virtualized, software defined network. AT&T says it hit a 55 percent network virtualization benchmark in 2017 and plans to virtualize 75 percent of their network by 2020.
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