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AT&T to Launch Mobile 5G in 2018

AT&T Inc. said it plans to introduce 5G high-speed mobile data service in a dozen US cities by late 2018, and that it expects to be the first cellular provider to do so.

AT&T 5G services will be based on industry standards published only last month by 3GPP, the international wireless standards body.

The availability of those standards allowed hardware, chipset and device manufacturers to begin development of 5G services.

In addition to faster data speeds, AT&T said 5G will offer lower latency, the delay between when a user requests a chunk of data from the network and the time when that data begins to arrive.

Because of that reduced latency, future 5G technologies could eventually allow future driverless vehicles to make real-time decisions based on information collected from vehicles ahead, to “see” around corners, through other vehicles, and at longer distances.

“5G will change the way we live, work and enjoy entertainment,” said Melissa Arnoldi, president of AT&T Technology and Operations. “With faster speeds and ultra-low latency, 5G will ultimately deliver and enhance experiences like virtual reality, future driverless cars, immersive 4K video and more.”

 

AT&T did not identify the first cities to get 5G service, but said it has been laying the foundation for mobile 5G  in  Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Bridgeport CT, Buffalo NY, Chicago, Fresno, Greenville SC, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, San Diego San Francisco, Tulsa Sacramento.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) provides wireless phone and entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. www.ATT.com

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