According to foreign media reports, AT & T announced plans before the end of this year in more than a dozen cities in the United States to launch standardized 5G mobile services.
As the industry is questioning the ability to provide mobile services in the millimeter-wave band, it is noteworthy that AT & T, a 5G mobile service launch announcement. At present, its main rival Verizon is focusing on the introduction of 5G fixed wireless service. However, AT & T did not specify which bands will be introduced 5G mobile service, nor did it disclose in which cities this year will launch services.
Qualcomm and other manufacturers have been pushing to ensure that millimeter-wave can be used for mobile networks and smartphones. Currently, the company has introduced the Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem family and is expected to support the commercial rollout of 5G smartphones and 5G mobile networks in the first half of 2019.
In the meantime, AT & T also did not mention any specific vendor name in its announcement and did not know exactly what 5G mobile services the carrier will offer this year, but it noted that 3GPP completed the 5G NR standard last month The key part, AT & T and other companies will be able to accelerate 5G technology development.
"5G will change the way we live, work and play," said Melissa Arnoldi, AT & T's president of technology and operations, in a press release. "This year we will soon start deploying 5G mobile services and begin providing future connectivity for consumers and business users. With ultra-high transmission rates and ultra-low latency, the 5G will eventually deliver and enhance VR, future driverless cars, immersion 4K video experience. "
In addition to plans to provide consumers with 5G mobile services this year, AT & T also said it expects to conduct 5G trials with companies of all sizes across the industry to help them transform their business operations and create more interactive experiences for their customers.