AT&T on Monday announced a dozen more cities where it plans to introduce mobile 5G service.
Before the end of 2018, AT&T expects to hook up parts of Houston, Jacksonville, Louisville, New Orleans, and San Antonio in addition to the seven mobile 5G cities it’s already named: Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Raleigh, and Waco, Texas.
With 2019 right around the corner, AT&T is already starting to map out its deployment plans for next year. Early in the year, it will light up Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose, and “continue to expand” after those 19 cities are connected.
“We’re at the dawn of something new that will define the next decade and generation of connectivity,” AT&T Communications CEO Andre Fuetsch said in a statement. “Future smart factories and retailers, self-driving cars, untethered virtual and augmented realities, and other yet to be discovered experiences will grow up on tomorrow’s 5G networks. Much like 4G introduced the world to the gig economy, mobile 5G will jumpstart the next wave of unforeseen innovation.”
AT&T has been making progress on the effort. This weekend in Waco, the company made what it’s calling the first real-world 5G data transfer over millimeter wave. AT&T’s engineers used a Qualcomm test device with a Snapdragon X50 5G modem.
“This weekend’s call between a 5G base station in the field and a smartphone form factor 5G device brings us one step closer to commercial 5G networks and mobile devices,” Qualcomm Business Development Vice President David Nash said in a statement.