AT&T to develop first “at scale” 5G smart city

AT&T and JBG Smith are working together to create the first 5G smart city “at scale” in the US. Using both sub-6 GHz and mmWave 5G spectrum, AT&T will commence infrastructure deployments in the first half of 2022.

AT&T and JBG Smith are looking to create a prototype for the smart city of the future – by utilising 5G, cloud/edge compute, IoT and AI – and to develop an exemplary, unified customer experience.  With the selected city in Northern Virginia already a hub for the defence and cybersecurity industries, both parties are confident that this new initiative will act as a springboard for further innovation in the smart city sector. Possibly the toughest challenge, however, will be to avoid the trap of data silos – so far, the majority of smart city projects have been limited to a single-use case. By addressing this initiative “at scale”, this partnership will be tackling the challenge head-on and will hopefully generate the insights and solutions that the sector needs in order to reach the next level of scale.

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