Businesses are leading the 5G revolution, and AT&T* is going to give its
business customers a full 5G toolbox. We’re the first carrier to
publicly lay out what we’re making available to help businesses get the
most out of this technology.
America’s 15 million businesses increasingly look to technology to drive
outcomes, but their needs range drastically – from connecting a single
location, to using networking to connect smart facilities with the
latest technologies like artificial intelligence and mixed reality.
This is why our approach to 5G
in business isn’t focused on just one solution, but instead brings
multiple pillars that reflect our customers’ diversity and needs. Real
solutions that we’re bringing to the market today. We’re building our
networks to allow fiber-based connectivity and LTE to work efficiently
in parallel with 5G solutions, maximizing the impact of a business’s
Our standards-based approach comes to life via 3 main service pillars:
“The 5G services we’re rolling out and combining with our advanced
network capabilities will help businesses fundamentally change for the
better,” said Mo Katibeh, CMO, AT&T Business. “It will open up
opportunities to increase revenue, reduce operational costs, and
ultimately create amazing new experiences for employees and customers.
Whether it’s a local startup, a growing regional company, or national
enterprise, these 3 pillars are going to be groundbreaking.”
LTE ushered in the age of mobilization for the American worker. Almost
every business has employees that use mobile devices. Whether it’s for
employee communication, or for point-of-sale devices, mobile technology
is more important than ever.
It is critical that any mobile 5G experience for business allows
seamless transitions between Wi-Fi, LTE and 5G.
This is why we will deploy a standards-based nationwide mobile
5G network in early 2020. That network will allow for seamless
handoffs between Wi-Fi, LTE and 5G, virtually anywhere a business
customer may go.
So far, we’ve confirmed plans for two new 5G devices in 2019. In
addition to the NETGEAR
Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot we launched in 2018, we’re working with
Samsung to offer two Samsung
smartphones this year.
In the parts of the 12 cities where our standards-based mobile 5G
network is live today, we’re working with businesses to create and
innovate new experiences. As we expand the network, these businesses are
helping us pave the way for the astounding impact 5G will eventually
We also opened up a space within our AT&T Foundry in Plano, Texas
specifically dedicated to prototyping solutions for industry verticals.
We’ll soon be bringing 5G to this space, allowing us to co-create 5G
solutions with our customers as well as explore the future of enterprise
Whether it’s for primary connectivity or as a secondary connection to
enable reliability, businesses look to fixed wireless solutions to help
serve a wide range of needs, like setting up new locations faster.
With a fixed wireless solution, a quick service restaurant could get
their point-of-sale devices working the same day they open, and keep
their devices connected even if primary connectivity is ever interrupted.
AT&T Business now offers AT&T
Wireless Broadband, which has data options and flexibility to help
meet each business’s specific needs. In the coming weeks, we will offer
multiple speed tiers up to 50Mbps. This solution builds on our leading
fiber distribution. Nationwide, over 8 million business customer
locations sit within 1,000 feet of our fiber, and we connect nearly 2.2
million locations with fiber today.
This current fixed wireless offering helps lay the groundwork for our
customers to upgrade and take advantage of AT&T 5G when it’s available
in their area.
Edge computing is expected to bring a sea-change in how businesses can
use cellular data to massively improve their operations. Edge computing
allows businesses to route application-specific traffic to where they
need it and where it’s most effective – whether that’s in the cloud, the
edge of our network or on their premises.
AT&T Business now offers AT&T
Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC). This edge computing solution uses
our own software-defined network to enable faster access to data
processing, and gives flexibility in how businesses manage their
cellular traffic through on-premise hardware and software. With MEC they
can process low-latency, high-bandwidth applications closer to where
they’re used to help create new outcomes and capabilities.
This could mean new machine learning opportunities and more connected
devices. Healthcare facilities could process and transfer data-intensive
images between devices in the exam room, and transfer that information
to the doctor in near-real time. Or manufacturers could process
connected sensor data and robotic operations on a scale they couldn’t
Plus, the data that runs through AT&T MEC can be routed to their cloud
or stay within an enterprise’s private environment to help increase
AT&T MEC can be deployed today using LTE or 5G connectivity, for both
mobile and fixed wireless applications. Looking at a smart factory as an
example, robotic production lines and autonomous forklifts are just two
We’ve recently announced deals with AT&T
Stadium, and Rush
University Medical Center to set up 5G with a focus on MEC.
“Healthcare systems use a lot of networking power, and 5G is going to be
a turning point in how mobile networks are used in caring for patients.
Using multi-access edge compute, the possibility of robotics and
increased telehealth are two aspects of healthcare that we’re planning
to explore,” said Dr. Shafiq Rab, senior vice president and chief
information officer, Rush University Medical Center and the Rush System
for Health. “Ultimately, it’s about creating better outcomes for our
patients. 5G combined with MEC will give us the foundation to provide
patients better service, and increase the quality of care we provide.”
As we look to the future, edge computing solutions are expected to
become available to serve broader metro environments, and will give
things like autonomous vehicles, AR/VR and drones new life.
We’ll be sharing more about our edge computing services this year.
We’re the First to Bring Everything Together
AT&T is using these three pillars to help businesses move into the
future. It all works together to give them the best tools to operate
more efficiently, reach new customers, and increase loyalty. We are
bringing the business experience into the future with 5G.
“5G is the gateway to an entirely new world for businesses, but it needs
multiple technologies coming together to achieve its true potential,”
said Jason Leigh, senior research analyst at IDC. “Leveraging the low
latency, increased connection density and high bandwidth power of 5G
will allow businesses to deploy integrated solutions that accelerate
their own digital transformation, and drive productivity improvements,
efficiency gains and enhance customer satisfaction faster than ever
“AT&T Business brings solutions to life that allow businesses to
innovate and shape the daily lives of consumers,” said Katibeh. “Our new
mobile 5G, fixed wireless, and MEC services can help take businesses to
the next generation of connectivity.”
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