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AT&T has announced that it will launch its first ‘5G Evolution Markets’ in Austin, Texas and Indianapolis, Indiana in the coming months.
The 5G rollout is part of a larger network platform upgrade – known as ‘AT&T Network 3.0 Indigo’ – that promises to be more adaptable and responsive.
“We see Indigo as the third generation of modern networking,” said John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president, Technology and Operations. “Indigo is our term for a world where it isn’t just your connection speeds that are accelerating, but every element of the network becomes more seamless, efficient and capable. It is a living, evolving, upgradeable platform. Think of Indigo like the operating system on your phone. We’re taking that model to the network.”
AT&T said that wireless technologies like 5G will be just as critical as elements like Big Data, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, cybersecurity and software-defined networking (SDN).
At an event in San Francisco, AT&T laid out several elements of its network innovation that are helping the company drive to Indigo.
AT&T is building 2 new 5G testbeds set to go on-air this spring at the AT&T Labs in Austin. The testbeds will include dedicated 5G outdoor and indoor test locations. They’ll feature flexible infrastructure to allow modifications and updates as 5G standards develop. We will work with multiple vendors to evaluate advanced 5G technology concepts for both fixed and mobile solutions, test network infrastructure and devices and explore 5G signal coverage for the 28GHz, 39GHz, and sub-6GHz frequency bands.
AT&T said that the massive bandwidth and low latency of 5G will help enable applications like self-driving cars and mobile augmented reality and virtual reality headsets.