An AT&T (NYSE:T) exec stated this week that the corporate plans to launch its stand-alone 5G network later this year, following exams which might be happening now.

The corporate hadn’t given coloration to its timeline earlier than, however the brand new particulars put it roughly on the identical time-frame for stand-alone 5G as rival Verizon (NYSE:VZ).

The early launches of 5G service from wi-fi carriers leaned on current LTE networks (for issues like authentication) to speed up deployment, however all are pursuing stand-alone architectures that attain additional however have taken longer to construct out.

Verizon plans to maneuver visitors to its new stand-along 5G core someday within the second half of this 12 months, and totally commercialize in 2021, and feedback this week point out AT&T will do the identical.

T-Cellular (NASDAQ:TMUS) gave a commercial launch to its stand-alone 5G network in August. However exams have additionally proven difficulties acquiring a stand-alone 5G sign, LightReading’s Mike Dano notes – T-Cellular appears to be like to be pushing telephones into non-standalone mode the place it presents dependable 4G LTE connections to make sure speeds aren’t slowed by the stand-alone 5G.

T-Cellular tapped distributors Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) and Nokia (NYSE:NOK), although each Verizon and AT&T have not disclosed which distributors are supplying their stand-alone efforts, and Dish Community (NASDAQ:DISH) says Nokia will provide its stand-alone 5G core.

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