DALLAS, TX — A new mobile phone technology is coming to select U.S. cities, and Dallas is among them. AT&T announced Tuesday 5G service will be available in a dozen cities, starting with Dallas, Waco and Atlanta in 2018.
In addition, the wireless carrier said it will roll out 5G capable cell phones and other devices in early 2019.
5G technology is faster and more reliable than other mobile services on the market, TechRadar reported. The service could also offer download speeds of around 1 GBps.
AT&T is working on what they call an "aggressive schedule" for the rollout.
"After significantly contributing to the first phase of 5G standards, conducting multi-city trials, and literally transforming our network for the future, we’re planning to be the first carrier to deliver standards-based mobile 5G – and do it much sooner than most people thought possible," said Igal Elbaz, senior vice president, Wireless Network Architecture and Design. "Our mobile 5G firsts will put our customers in the middle of it all."
According to AT&T, the 5G system will be capable of reaching "theoretical" peak speeds of multiple gigabits per second. It also will reduce latency rates — the amount of time it takes data to travel from one point to another — according to AT&T.
"With higher speeds and lower latency rates, our mobile 5G network will eventually unlock a number of new, exciting experiences for our customers," the company said in a news release.
That would be considerably faster than current 4G networks and would theoretically make data-intensive tasks, like streaming video, smoother and quicker. AT&T says that the way it is implementing 5G this year will seamlessly integrate with current LTE technologies being used.
More cities receiving 5G connectivity will be announced in coming months, AT&T says.
To read AT&T’s full announcement about plans to test 5G mobile networks, click here.
File photo: An AT&T logo is displayed on an AT&T truck July 25, 2006 in Park Ridge, Illinois. AT&T announced July 25 that its profits climbed 81 percent with the growth in wireless communications and broadband service. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
Patch editor Doug Gross contributed to this report