AT&T exec says 5G deployments could ‘scale’ in 2019, discusses importance of FirstNet rollout

Donny Jackson | Urgent Communications

… Meanwhile, AT&T will continue to make significant investments in deploying LTE technology through its FirstNet, small-cell and fiber initiatives to establish the dense networks—systems with many RF nodes clustered to meet capacity and coverage demands–that promise to provide a foundation for 5G deployments in the future, Mair said.

“As 5G evolves and gets implemented, the LTE network … is going to be really, really quick and fast and provide a lot of capability” he said. “It’s not going anywhere fast. It’s going to be around a long time. It’s going to backstop the 5G network and provide services well into the future for us.”

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