AT&T to develop ‘5G Smart City’

US telecoms giant AT&T has teamed up with property developer JBG Smith to build a “5G Smart City at scale” in Virginia.

AT&T claims it will use 5G to make the National Landing district "a prototype for smart cities of the future" by incorporating self-driving vehicles, "immersive retail and entertainment," and large-scale automation.

The duo said the first "network infrastructure deployments" will be implemented early on in 2022 as they use the area as a testing ground for a range of cybersecurity, cloud, edge computing, Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) tools.

Mo Katibeh, who leads AT&T's Network Infrastructure and Build division, claimed that a "combination of mmWave and sub6 5G spectrum will be enabled by an interconnected series of building side-mounts, street furniture, and underground network infrastructure" across the area.

Katibeh added: “Together with JBG Smith, we intend to build a true smart city from the ground up that will allow future innovators to use AT&T's network to unlock new capabilities through city-wide edge solutions that can serve specific business locations and everyday users at home or on the go.

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