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Other cities will be announced "in coming months".

"We plan to offer mobile 5G to customers in a dozen cities, including parts of Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, Texas, by the end of this year".

"The fact remains that we are the only USA carrier that has committed to build a standards-based mobile 5G network in 2018", said an AT&T spokesperson in an email to Telecompetitor. The 5G rollout AT&T's discussing today is new technology, though. Mansfield said AT&T is working aggressively with vendors, so that it can start stocking shelves in 2019.

Telecommunications giant AT&T says it is building a testing facility in Austin to simulate real-world customer experiences with its evolving 5G network.

5G will bring faster speeds for customers and help support an explosion of connected devices, from medical equipment to smart thermostats. "You have to put the network capabilities in place that you can put different services on top of".

"Our initial mobile 5G deployments this year will be based on 3GPP standards and operate over mmWave spectrum".

Just how fast will 5G go? AT&T might have found itself in a race with Verizon, which says it plans to roll out 5G home internet also by the end of 2018. Networks have been successfully completing tests while big companies are also rolling out 5G-related products like the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G which we'll see in phones next year. That trailblazing move makes the company the only USA carrier to roll out plans for the high-speed technology in 2018, according to its announcement. But ultimately the mobile 5G market is likely to be considerably more important than the fixed 5G market.