Waco among first cities to gain AT&T's 5G coverage in 2018

Javier Stokes
February 22, 2018

Having said very little about 5G in the lead-up to that proclamation, along with the fact that zero details were delivered in that initial statement, we weren't about to take them seriously until we learned more.

Mobile 5G is coming this year, and now we know the first cities that'll get it. I guess we will be able to live stream 4K 360 degree content from our smartphones!

Customers in these cities will experience 5G, a faster and more reliable next-generation wireless network by end of 2018, AT&T announced.

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The first three AT&T mobile 5G markets will be parts of Atlanta, Dallas and Waco in 2018, the company said today. That level of 5G is likely years away, though mobile 5G is a promising place to start. 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. Beyond Waco, the only cities the mobile giant had yet announced were Dallas and Atlanta. The other major wireless networks also promise a 5G network, but AT&T and is the first to announce an official rollout.

AT&T reiterated that its mobile 5G deployment will be based on emerging 3GPP standards, holding that the offering will integrate with current LTE technologies using the non-standalone configuration outlined in 3GPP release 15.

The company says that it will begin with devices operating on ultra high-frequency millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum, then expand to additional spectrum bands. 5G wireless is said to offer theoretical peak speeds of several gigabits a second at lower latency than existing 4G wireless networks.

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