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AT&T: 5G Coming To US This Year

AT&T: 5G Coming To US This Year

If it meets its deadline, AT&T would be the first carrier in the USA to launch a mobile 5G service, which has the ability to eventually transform our world through broader, faster and more reliable coverage.

"5G will change the way we live, work and enjoy entertainment", AT&T Technology and Operations President Melissa Arnoldi said in a statement.

The faster speeds enabled by 5G will benefit several emerging technologies, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices, virtual and augmented reality, and autonomous driving.

AT&T said it is also continuing to work on advanced LTE technologies including LTE-LAA, which is expected to launch in around 24 metros during 2018. While AT&T is rolling out mobile 5G in select markets, it will also continue to push 5G Evolution in "hundreds of additional metro areas", the company said.

AT&T claims it has an advantage over its rivals in delivering 5G mobile services, due to its different approach to transforming the network. AT&T said in a recent press release that it expects to introduce mobile 5G service in a dozen United States markets by late 2018. Like AT&T, all three companies have yet to provide more concrete details about their plans.

You can read AT&T's full press release regarding this new technology on their website here.

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We also deployed our nationwide low-power wide-area LTE-M network in the U.S.in 2017.

Currently, AT&T is already testing 5G in Austin, Texas; Waco, Texas; Kalamazoo, Michigan and South Bend, Indiana with residential, small business, and education customers.

According to Bloomberg, 5G developers are spending about $200 billion a year in research and capital expenses to turn their goals into reality. The 5G era will allow tech companies to build new autonomous solutions. It is now available in 23 major metros and should expand to hundreds of additional markets.

Ericsson has raised credit of $220 million from the Nordic Investment Bank and $150 million from AB Svensk Exportkredit in an effort to expand its 5G R&D efforts. The U.S-based carriers including AT&T & Verizon have mentioned offering the 5G services to their consumers by 2019.

In December 2017, standards body 3GPP approved the first implementable 5G NR specification at a meeting in Lisbon, allowing major progress to be made in terms of deployment.