AT&T announces plans to start rolling out a true 5G network to 12 markets by the end of 2018 Since last year AT&T has been testing a similar service in Austin and 22 other metro areas AT&T officials declined to say if Austin would be one of those 12 markets AT&T says that they expect to be the first carrier to roll out 5G technology An exact timetable, compatible devices and what the 12 markets are remain unclear Melissa Arnoldi, president of AT&T technology and operations

5G in Atlanta: These cities are getting 5G in 2018

AT&T Inc. on Friday named three more cities slated to get its high-speed 5G network this year.

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“Today we’re adding Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C. and Oklahoma City as the next three identified cities for our buildout,” the telecommunications giant announced in a company news release. “These cities will join our previously announced cities of Dallas, Atlanta, and Waco.”

AT&T initially revealed plans to launch 5G in 12 markets by the end of 2018. The company would be the first to offer 5G-capable mobile phones.

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According to AJC’s Scott Trubey, who previously covered Atlanta’s stake in AT&T’s rollout plan, 5G capability boasts speeds 10 times faster than the current 4G or fourth generation networks, and would improve overall reliability of wireless service.

“5G will be more than just a better network,” AT&T technology and operations president Melissa Arnoldi said. “We believe 5G will ultimately create a world of new economic opportunity, greater mobility, and smarter connectivity for individuals, businesses and society as a whole.”

Read the full news release at att.com.

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