Fortress Solutions to develop 5G infrastructure for AT&T’s ‘smart city’

US telecoms giant AT&T has selected Fortress Solutions as a partner to deliver facilities management services for fibre optics, edge data centre and 5G infrastructure across its project to create “the US’ first 5G smart city at scale” in Washington, DC.

The project has seen AT&T team up with property developer JBG Smith to create National Landing, a district at the intersection of three neighbourhoods in northern Virginia just north of the Potomac River, which the duo described as the first “5G Smart City at scale”.

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.

As part of the new collaboration, Fortress Solutions will provide design and implementation services as well as operate and maintain the edge data centre facilities for JBG Smith. This will ensure National Landing will have co-location capabilities, ultra-low latency 5G communications, and dark fibre connections to support carrier networks, IoT devices, and next generation artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), and robotics applications.

According to JGB Smith, this network will enable “a world-class digital infrastructure” for corporate, residential and retail tenants within National Landing.

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