AT&T charts course to standalone 5G launch

first_img Diana Goovaerts AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore4 10 AUG 2020 Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona Home AT&T charts course to standalone 5G launch Author Amazon reels in MGM 5G5G standaloneAT&T Relatedcenter_img Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities Asia AT&T doubled down on a targeted launch of standalone (SA) 5G in 2020, joining rivals T-Mobile and Verizon in jockeying for a leadership position on the technology.An operator representative told Mobile World Live (MWL) work on its SA core is “progressing as planned” despite the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. AT&T already has “working, integrated solutions in place today” and is on track to begin initial commercial deployments in the coming months, the representative added.The goal is to launch and expand commercial SA 5G when the broader ecosystem of devices and applications able to fully take advantage of the technology’s features “is lined up to matter”.AT&T’s comments come as US operators jockey to lead on SA 5G, with T-Mobile US staking a claim last week as the first operator in the world to offer nationwide coverage and Verizon advancing toward “full commercialisation” in 2021.While T-Mobile revealed it used Cisco and Nokia for its SA 5G core, neither AT&T nor Verizon named vendor partners.AT&T first launched non-standalone 5G service for select subscribers in December 2018, and opened the offer to all customers a year later.In December 2019, AT&T Mobility SVP Kevin Petersen told MWL advanced network slicing capabilities offered by SA 5G will provide new revenue-generating opportunities across both the enterprise and consumer segments. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Previous ArticleTravel restrictions force further IFA cutbacksNext ArticleChina Tower profit climbs on 5G deployments Tags Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more last_img

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