The provider is targeting a mix of big- and mid-sized cities to avoid a digital divide when it comes to next-gen connectivity
AT&T has named Charlotte and Raleigh in North Carolina and Oklahoma City as the next three US cities set to receive mobile 5G services, and at the same time has also announced additional updates to its network.
These cities will join previously announced cities of Dallas, Atlanta, and Waco.
The move is part of the company’s plans to introduce mobile 5G to a dozen cities in 2108 and it is targeting a mix of big and mid-sized cities to ensure all Americans can gain access to next-generation connectivity and avoid a new digital divide.
“We’re on track to launch the first mobile 5G services and deliver the first device to customers this year. 5G will be more than just a better network,” said Melissa Arnoldi, president, AT&T technology and operations.
“Especially after our trial learnings with large enterprises, small-and medium-sized businesses and residential locations the past two years, 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.”
“In a global, interconnected economy, access to the most advanced technology is vital for creating jobs and driving economic growth that benefits everyone in a community,” said Vi Lyles, Charlotte mayor.
“Access to 5G technology can make a genuine difference in the lives of families and help assure that Charlotte continues to be such a great place to live, work and play.”
Raleigh is a centre of innovation and research,” said Nancy McFarlane, Raleigh mayor. “Being on the forefront of technology, like AT&T’s mobile 5G, is a great for both residents and business.”
“Our residents and our businesses always desire further private sector investment in technology infrastructure and being a city on the cutting edge is something we can and do pitch to job creators,” said David Holt, mayor Oklahoma City. “This 5G deployment in OKC will help our residents and businesses take advantage of future technologies and opportunities.”
AT&T has also launched LTE-LAA in parts of eight new markets including: Austin, Dallas, Houston, Little Rock, San Antonio, San Jose, Tampa, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, bringing its total to 15 markets.
It previously launched LTE-LAA in parts of Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, McAllen, San Francisco, and Sacramento. With LTE-LAA, AT&T claims the network has peak theoretical wireless speeds reaching up to one gigabit per second on capable devices.
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