AT&T Names Dallas, Atlanta, Waco For High-Speed 5G This Year

AT&T to roll out mobile 5G network in Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, Texas, by the end of this year

The city is also is home to one of the company's largest offices outside of Dallas.

Given the limitations of millimeter wave spectrum (it needs nearly ideal line-of-site and is susceptible to blockage from trees, foliage and buildings, for example) some mobile and wireless experts believe that 5G will need to run on a "dual-PHY" network that employs a fallback to sub-6 GHz spectrum.

AT&T said they are aggressively aiming to virtualize 75 percent of its network by 2020. It's a chicken and egg problem.

The future of cell phone service is upon us.

This competition and pressure to bring 5G to reality is a good thing for tech users and their smart devices.

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Today's announcement attempted to connect some of the dots, so that we know how AT&T plans to launch mobile 5G well ahead of T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint. For example, it could test how the 5G network performs at a concert venue by simulating a lot of people uploading video at the same time.

AT&T hopes to offer 5G technology in at least a dozen cities by the end of 2018. The company added that it will keep an "aggressive schedule" for rolling out its network. "The faster you get started, the faster you get to scale".

The company's 5G service will be based on 3GPP standards and operate over mmWave spectrum, according to a statement.

Just how fast will 5G go? "Our 5G firsts will put our customers in the middle of it all". But Georgia is often a testing ground for new AT&T products and services, with the company recently testing a new technology in a rural part of the state called AirGig to deliver super-fast internet service via power lines.

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