Recently AT&T won a contract for FirstNet, a system that will give first responders a secure and reliable wireless network. Part of that deal is a need to physically upgrade many of AT&T’s towers. This week, AT&T announced as apart of this upgrade they are also adding 5G capabilities to their current towers.
At a recent investor relations event, the AT&T Chairman and CEO said, “We’ll be equipping every single cell site for 5G such that, when 5G is ready to go, when it’s ready for prime time, our turn-up of 5G is a software load, it’s a software upgrade.”
This will give AT&T a huge leg up on the competition who will still need to physically visit each cellphone tower.
AT&T’s CEO said that AT&T is already completed about 50 percent of the FirstNet and 5G build out. Work will continue through 2018 and 2019 to complete the 5G and FirstNet roll out. That could mean 5G internet could be available for more customers far faster than expected.
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