US wireless giant AT&T Mobility is just weeks away from launching a mobile 5G network, John Donovan, the CEO of AT&T Communications, has revealed. Speaking during the company’s quarterly conference call with analysts, Fierce Wireless quotes the executive as saying: ‘AT&T is on track to be the first wireless carrier to introduce mobile 5G services in the United States in the next few weeks. This will be standards-based 5G.’
The first wave of markets will comprise Dallas, Atlanta, Waco, Charlotte, Raleigh and Oklahoma City, and Donovan noted that this rollout is part of a ‘drive toward nationwide coverage of our 5G network’; a nationwide 5G coverage target date has not been disclosed. The executive also noted that the 5G service will leverage the telco’s substantial fibre-optic network, saying ‘fibre is the backbone of 5G’. AT&T will pass 18 million customer locations with its fibre network this year, with 22 million locations targeted in 2019.