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AT&T aims to roll out 5G in 12 US markets this year

David Murphy
Melissa Arnoldi AT&T
Arnoldi: “5G will change the way we live"

AT&T says it expects to be the first US company to introduce mobile 5G services in a dozen markets by late 2018. In addition to its plans for offering mobile 5G to consumers this year, the US carrier said it expects to trial 5G technology with businesses of all sizes across industries to help them to transform business operations and create more engaging experiences for their customers.

The company said it expects that 5G technologies will eventually allow future driverless vehicles to make real-time decisions based on information that goes beyond the individual sensors onboard the vehicle itself. Vehicles will be able to “see” around corners, through other vehicles, and at longer distances. This will enable vehicles to quickly make sense of their environment and help guide safe operations on the road.

“5G will change the way we live, work and enjoy entertainment,” said Melissa Arnoldi, president, AT&T Technology and Operations. “We’re moving quickly to begin deploying mobile 5G this year and start unlocking the future of connectivity for consumers and businesses. With faster speeds and ultra-low latency, 5G will ultimately deliver and enhance experiences like virtual reality, future driverless cars, immersive 4K video and more.”

In addition to its work on rolling out 5G, AT&T said it is committed to a raft of other related technologies, including LTE, AT&T 5G Evolution, LTE-M, fixed wireless internet, fixed 5Gm, AirGig, fiber, and G.fast.