If you're a resident of Atlanta, Dallas and Waco, Texas, get ready to strap in for 5G.
on Tuesday said that it would connect the three cities to its mobile 5G network by the end of the year. The three cities are part of a dozen markets that are supposed to get 5G from AT&T this year.
The announcement marks a small step toward the reality of 5G -- the next generation of wireless technology that promises heightened speeds, superior responsiveness and better coverage. 5G is seen as the foundational technology for other areas like
and streaming virtual reality, and it starts with these early deployments.
AT&T has said that the first 5G devices this year will be "pucks," or mobile hot spots. The first 5G-capable
are slated to come early next year. The company added that it expects to announce additional cities to get 5G in the coming months.
AT&T is just the latest carrier to make big promises when it comes to 5G.
has vowed to create a nationwide mobile 5G network by 2020, and
says it plans to have its nationwide 5G network up by early 2019.
, meanwhile, is testing 5G as a broadband replacement service this year.
As for the AT&T launch cities, Dallas is an obvious choice since it's the headquarters of AT&T. Atlanta is another logical pick because it still houses most of the company's wireless operations. Waco, about 100 miles south of Dallas, is a surprising choice given it's not part of the AT&T's list of "5G Evolution" markets, its confusing name for cities that the infrastructure for higher wireless speeds -- even if they don't qualify as actual 5G.
Here's a list of the "5G Evolution" markets: Atlanta; Austin; Boston; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Buffalo, New York; Chicago; Fresno, California; Greenville, South Carolina; Hartford, Connecticut; Houston; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Louisville; Memphis; Minneapolis; Nashville; New Orleans; Oklahoma City; Pittsburgh; San Antonio; San Diego; San Francisco; Tulsa; and Sacramento, California.