AT&T plans to introduce mobile 5G in five additional cities – Houston, Jacksonville, Louisville, New Orleans and San Antonio – this year.
These new cities are in addition to seven cities where AT&T has already announced plans to launch mobile 5G this year – Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Raleigh and Waco.
Looking forward to early 2019, AT&T keep its 5G momentum going and plan to introduce mobile 5G in parts of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose.
Andre Fuetsch, chief technology officer, AT&T Communications said, “Future smart factories and retailers, self-driving cars, untethered virtual and augmented realities, and other yet to be discovered experiences will grow up on tomorrow’s 5G networks. Much like 4G introduced the world to the gig economy, mobile 5G will jumpstart the next wave of unforeseen innovation.”
AT&T 5G deployment strategy include millimeter wave spectrum to deploy 5G in pockets of dense areas – where demand is high and extra capacity and coverage is needed most. In other parts of urban areas and in suburban and rural areas, the company plans to deploy 5G on mid and low-band spectrum holdings.
David Nash, vice president, Business Development, Qualcomm Technologies said, “We will continue to work with industry leaders such as Ericsson and AT&T to help ensure consumers will be able to experience the benefits of commercial 5G networks and mobile devices.”
To help build nationwide 5G network, AT&T has selected Ericsson, Nokia,and Samsung as technology suppliers and the company has already started deploying 3GPP Release 15 compliant equipment.
Fredrik Jejdling, executive vice president and head of Business Area Networks, Ericsson said, “Our joint efforts will enable AT&T’s mobile 5G network to ultimately deliver on the future promises of high-speed connectivity and very low latency to its customers.”
Marc Rouanne, President of Mobile Networks, Nokia said, “Building on Nokia’s 5G technology, services and expertise, we enable AT&T to develop new business models and bring new services to the market.”
Mark Louison, senior vice president and general manager, Networks Division, Samsung Electronics America said, “Samsung is delighted to continue our journey towards this transformative technology with AT&T – from a successful consumer trial in South Bend, Indiana, to wide-scale commercial rollouts – and we look forward to applying our experience in advanced network deployments, backed by our broad capabilities.”