AT&T Newsroom announced on Thursday that it will be the first American company to introduce 5G mobile services in more than 12 markets by the latter half of this year.
AT&T’s President of Technology & Operations, Melissa Arnoldi said that 5G was going to be a game changer – it would change the manner in which we work and live and even how we enjoy entertainment. 5G mobile services will offer much faster speeds with much lower latency periods, which in turn will offer newer experiences in virtual reality, entrancing 4K videos as well as the eagerly awaited driverless cars.
Fortune, in its news report, said that AT&T was going to go head to head with Verizon and T-Mobile US with the investment in an expensive network upgrade to 5G which was targeted at increasing revenue for the telecom giant.
Current trials using 5G technology are based on beaming signals between stationary antennae. However, AT&T in its announcement said that it has taken a different approach, using edge computing. The company did not go into details about its approach, though.
The company also announced that it wasn’t only working on new 5G services. Other services offerings included were LTE, AT&T 5G Evolution, LTE – M, Fixed Wireless Internet, Fixed 5G and AirGig, Fiber for Consumers as well as Businesses and G Fast.
AT&T said that it is further enhancing the LTE network (which had already been “turbo charged” in 2017). The company is going to launch the LTE-LAA network in a minimum of 24 metros in 2018.
AT&T 5Gs Evolution
5G Evolution is the precursor to 5G and has already been launched in 23 cities across the US. While the company will launch the 5G network, it will continue to upgrade the 5G Evolution network across hundreds of cities in the country. They will also increase the availability of the 5G Evolution devices this year so that more customers across the country can enjoy their wireless networks.
LTE-M is AT&T’s low-power and wide-area network which was launched in 2017 across the US. This network helps large-scale solutions like those in the IoT, smart city-services, smart-metering, tracking of assets, managing supply chains, monitoring security systems as well as alarms as well as personal wearable devices.
Fixed Wireless Internet
Thanks to Fixed Wireless Internet, AT&T brought high-speed internet services to 440,000 rural locations in 18 states as a part of the FCC Connect America Fund initiative in 2017. The company’s target is to increase that tally to a total of 660,000 locations this year.
Fixed 5G and AirGig
The company launched pre-standards fixed wireless 5G services in parts of Texas and Indiana for its residential, small business and education services customers. 2 Project AirGig trials were also launched to offer transport for ultra-fast, super-low latency internet through power lines.
Fiber for Consumers as well as Businesses
In 2018, the company plans to enhance its ultra-fast, low-latency Fiber connection by 3 million more locations. This is a part of their target to reach 12.5 mm locations across 82 different cities by 2019.
G.Fast is an internet service from AT&T that allows for multifamily communities like apartment complexes to have access to ultra-high speed internet connections.
The company started offering this service in 2017 to 8 metros outside the company’s regular 21 state service area. The company is planning to add another 14 new metros to their service area this year.
The company has already laid the ground-work for its new 5G services to be launched later this year, but it hasn’t specified where the services will be launched first.