Telecommunications experts estimate that 5G speeds will be about 10 times faster than 4G, which is presently the mobile standard. "Ultimately, this means new experiences with augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR), future autonomous cars, and delivery drones", AT&T said. AT&T says it'll announce the remaining cities in the coming months. The company didn't list specific areas of the Metroplex that would have access to the network. AT&T also said it plans to virtualize 75 percent of its network by 2020, after reaching its 2017 goal of 55 percent.
"After significantly contributing to the first phase of 5G standards", said AT&T senior Vice President Igal Elbaz. That level of 5G is likely years away, though mobile 5G is a promising place to start.
The new lab in Austin will test systems, applications, equipment and devices from different vendors before these are rolled out.
AT&T will launch its first mobile device for 5G - a mobile, battery-powered Wi-Fi hotspot - in late 2018, Mansfield said.