AT&T 5G coming to Waco in 2018

AT&T to roll out mobile 5G network in Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, Texas, by the end of this year

AT&T to roll out mobile 5G network in Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, Texas, by the end of this year

AT&T's news comes on the heels of a Trump administration announcement that a nationwide 5G network is near the top of its wish list.

As we previously reported, AT&T's initial mobile 5G service will be based on mobile hotspots, or "pucks", as 5G-capable smartphones will not be available in time for the launches.

Expanding on its earlier plan to launch mobile 5G service in a dozen USA cities by the end of 2018, AT&T has named Atlanta, Dallas, and Waco as its first three picks for 5G internet access. Networks have been successfully completing tests while big companies are also rolling out 5G-related products like the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G which we'll see in phones next year. I guess we will be able to live stream 4K 360 degree content from our smartphones!

At the beginning of the year, AT&T announced plans to roll out 5G to 12 USA cities by the end of 2018.

In today's Tech Bytes, the next generation of wireless technology. "Ultimately, this means new experiences with augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR), future autonomous cars, and delivery drones", AT&T said. "The company said the 5G network will integrate with the current LTE technology". They announced in August that they would expand the 5G trials to three more cities by the end of 2017 - one of the cities being Waco.

The telecommunication company is the first to announce plans to offer 5G to customers in 2018. Thus, the company sets a goal to virtualize 75% of their network by 2020. AT&T claims that the equipment being rolled out to its LTE network will enable a migration to 5G.

Last year, Verizon announced it would launch 5G residential broadband services in 2018 in select markets.

Though the United States government may not be particularly interested in running their own 5G network, traditional cell providers certainly are.

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