AT&T to launch a real mobile 5G network by the end of 2018
AT&T is planning to launch a mobile 5G network that will comply with the recently approved 5G New Radio (NR) specifications. In its press release, the US carrier states that the service will be available in 12 cities by the end of this year, but it hasn't specified the names of those markets or which devices will get upgraded to the higher speeds first.
Melissa Arnoldi, president of AT&T Technology and Operations, has commented on the developments:
Keep in mind that AT&T's new network will differ from the current "5G Evolution" technology which is a beefed-up version of its current 4G LTE network. 5G Evolution is currently available in 23 metropolitan areas, but AT&T says that it will introduce it to "hundreds of additional metro areas" in the following months.
AT&T is the last major carrier to announce its 5G ambitions, but if things go according to plan, it might be one of the first US telecoms to introduce such a network. Verizon also wants to have a 5G service in five cities by the end of 2018, while Sprint is aiming for a 2019 rollout. T-Mobile is expecting to provide nationwide 5G coverage by 2020, with a more limited release happening in 2019.