AT&T unveiled that it will launch fifth generation or 5G mobile service in a dozen U.S. markets late this year. The company hopes to be U.S. carrier to provide 5G connectivity options for consumers.
The carrier has been in a competition against Verizon Communications Inc. and T-Mobile US Inc. to deliver this next generation of wireless to U.S. consumers. Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint Corp are in the race to offer the 5G services but haven’t developed their plans.
The company said it will offer a commercial mobile service in more than a dozen U.S. cities later in 2018. It claims itself a “key driver” for acceleration of the 5G standard and announced that manufacturers of the device and other parts can start development of hardware for taking new specification’s advantage, AT&T announced.
Carriers will be able to sell advanced services like virtual reality, 4K video and enable self-driving cars through upcoming faster connections.
With the development of this new service, engineers will have to find different ways to avoid the interference of trees and rain during the service delivery and provide a strong signal to maintain the connectivity and handle the expected demand.
AT&T said that it has already started the groundwork via network upgrades for 5G in in 23 cities and also established wireless trials in South Bend, Michigan; Kalamazoo, Michigan; Waco and Austin Texas. The company has not revealed the details of the initial 5G launching or what airwaves or network equipment it plans to use.