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Atlanta, Dallas and Waco, Texas, will be among a dozen cities where the carrier will deploy 5G by the end of 2018

NEW YORK — AT&T said Atlanta, Dallas and Waco, Texas, will be among a dozen cities where the carrier will deploy 5G-based mobile services by the end of 2018.

AT&T plans to identify the other deployment markets in the coming months.

[Read more: “Indianapolis, Minneapolis and Little Rock Are Likely Early 5G Test Markets “]

AT&T reiterated that its mobile 5G deployment will be based on emerging 3GPP standards, holding that the offering will integrate with current LTE technologies using the non-standalone configuration outlined in 3GPP release 15. AT&T claims that the equipment being rolled out to its LTE network will enable a migration to 5G.

Additionally, AT&T’s mobile 5G rollout will operate over millimeter wave spectrum in some areas (it began to conduct 5G trials with millimeter wave spectrum in mid-2106), but also expects to provide mobile 5G using additional spectrum bands.

Given the limitations of millimeter wave spectrum (it needs almost perfect line-of-site and is susceptible to blockage from trees, foliage and buildings, for example) some mobile and wireless experts believe that 5G will need to run on a “dual-PHY” network that employs a fallback to sub-6 GHz spectrum.

Early on, as AT&T awaits handsets that support 5G to emerge, it will initially deploy 5G-based mobile services using a small router-like device that can connect other devices to the 5G network.

“Think of it as a puck,” Randall Stephenson, AT&T’s chairman, president and CEO, said on the company’s Q4 call in late January. “The thing [that’s] going to cause 5G to go slow, more than anything else – it’s just avaialbity of handsets,” he said, adding that AT&T will be “pushing the vendors” to accelerate their work with 5G-ready handsets.

AT&T plans to add more 5G- capable mobile devices and smartphones by “early 2019.”

AT&T is also moving ahead with a software defined network deployment that, it says, will go “hand in hand” with 5G. AT&T said it hit its goal to have 55% of its network virtualized by end of 2017 and that the current plan is virtualize 75% by 2020.

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AT&T said it will launch mobile 5G in 12 U.S. markets this year

NEW YORK — AT&T said it will launch mobile 5G in 12 U.S. markets this year, without revealing which markets they will be. It has dropped a hint by publicly praising three U.S. cities that have paved the way for small cells, according to .

Small cell deployments, critical to 5G, often require access to the public rights of way; city governments will thus be very involved in the development of 5G wireless networks. Carriers often target city-owned assets for the installation of sites, and may need to trench city streets to lay fiber for front-haul and/or backhaul. Indianapolis, Minneapolis and Little Rock were singled out by AT&T.

More than 80 small cells for AT&T are on-air in Indianapolis thanks to a streamlined permitting process and a maximum attachment rate of just $50 per node. AT&T has named Indianapolis as one of its 5G Evolution test markets. Minneapolis is also a 5G Evolution test market, and AT&T has plans to install about 115 small cell nodes there.

Minnesota and Indiana are among a handful of states that have adopted small cell legislation. Florida, Colorado, Arizona, Kansas, and Virgina have also passed laws to facilitate small cell deployments. Arkansas has not yet passed a state law regarding small cells, but Little Rock has set the maximum small cell permitting time at 60 days. The company plans to deploy more than 100 nodes in the city this year, according to the article.

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