AT&T last month first revealed plans to launch the super-fast mobile service in a dozen cities by the end of 2018.
AT&T has been testing 5G in Austin, Waco, Kalamazoo, Mich. and South Bend, Ind., to determine how the high-frequency millimeter waves perform in environments with different foliage, building materials and weather conditions.
In preparation of launching its 5G mobile network in 2018, AT&T Inc. announced February 21 it will open a 5G lab in North Austin this spring, a representative confirmed.
In today's Tech Bytes, the next generation of wireless technology. Speeds, said to be about 10 times faster than the current 4G or fourth generation networks, will also allow consumers to download movies in seconds. The network is meant to "seamlessly integrate" with current LTE technologies, though it is unclear which specific devices will first receive the 5G treatment, as reported by Engadget.
The wireless giant previously said it would introduce the service to about a dozen US markets by late 2018, but it didn't specify which cities or a specific timeline.
"ANTS will let us test unique and forward-looking features on a simulated 5G network for eventual standardization and use on our commercial network", company officials wrote.
AT&T Sr. Vice President Igal Elbaz said after the first phase, the company will be the first to deliver standards-based mobile 5G.
2018 will be a year for the earliest of 5G early adopters.