AT&T has been vague on its 5G plans, saying only that a dozen cities will have 5G of some sort by the end of the year. AT&T explained "The lab will be where our engineers can build and test creative solutions and run "stress tests" simulating real-world customer experiences with mobile 5G network equipment and devices from multiple vendors before they are rolled out to customers". "Our 5G firsts will put our customers in the middle of it all".
AT&T has been testing 5G in Austin, Waco, Kalamazoo, Mich. and South Bend, Ind., to determine how the high-frequency millimeter waves perform in environments with different foliage, building materials and weather conditions.
But without 5G-compatible smartphones and tablets on the market yet, it'll take time for customers in Dallas and beyond to fully take advantage of the new network.
AT&T will start its 5G wireless deployment in the coming months as it turns Austin, Texas, into a next-gen test lab. At launch, AT&T's system will seem more like a very fast Wi-Fi network than a replacement for cell networks.
The company also said that it deploying 5G capabilities in LTE network. Now, the telecoms giant has confirmed that three of those cities will be Dallas, Atlanta, and Waco, Texas. "It has to do with how we think about the infrastructure", said Igal Elbaz, AT&T's senior vice president of wireless network architecture and design, to Mashable. In fact, its 5G evolution features have been live on T-Mobile for a few years. Apple hasn't rushed to adopt new wireless technologies, historically speaking.
"We're working on an aggressive schedule to help ensure customers can enjoy mobile 5G when we launch the network this year", AT&T said.