AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) announced on Tuesday that it plans to offer its mobile 5G service to customers in a dozen cities, which includes parts of Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, Texas by the end of 2018.
“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.
AT&T previously launched test runs for the 5G network, but now the company plans to launch it nationwide by the end of the year.
The initial mobile 5G deployments will based on 3GPP standards and operate over mmWave spectrum. AT&T will use mmWave to provide mobile 5G in some areas, then deploy the technology on additional spectrum bands.
AT&T expects to reach peak speeds of multiple gigabits per second on devices on the mobile 5G network with lower latency rates.
“We’re committed to learning how 5G technologies can help transform businesses. The real-world applications of these technologies could open up new opportunities for businesses across all industries to drive outcomes and engage with customers in exciting new ways.” said AT&T in a statement.
AT&T will open a 5G testing lab in Austin, Texas to conduct runs on the network to optimize it for consumers.
AT&T will announce additional cities to receive the 5G network in the next coming months.