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AT&T Taps New Partner Exchange Leader, Hones 5G, Security, IoT

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… our security portfolio, especially as we continue to grow our IoT business.

We recently announced our approach with regard to 5G in the business space. And we said it aligns with three pillars: fixed wireless broadband, multi-access edge compute and mobile 5G. Our view of 5G is, unlike other mobile technologies, 5G is going to start in business and then grow eventually to the consumer. Whereas all of the other mobile technologies always started with consumer and then moved into business.

With regard to fixed-wireless broadband, we introduced some services that are powered by LTE today, but the goal is to get these out in the marketplace, and as we continue to turn up 5G across markets we’re going to be able to give businesses the option to upgrade to 5G. Our channel partners can sell the fixed-wireless broadband services today. As we enable 5G, they’re going to be able to do that as well.

The second pillar is multi-access edge compute. We’ve talked about 5G enabling blazing speed, but it also enables very low latency. In that world, businesses can make the decisions and figure out, “OK, what is extremely low latency-sensitive and [needs to be] closer to the premise[s] vs. what is more latency tolerant and [can be] in the cloud?” AT&T has announced its multi-access edge compute product already. The power of it is going to be realized when we introduce 5G in the market, but again — we want to build bridges to eventually be able to get you to 5G.

Rush [System for Health in Chicago] is going to be the first hospital in the country that will be 5G-enabled by AT&T. And that’s going to be a combination of us deploying a multi-access edge node and 5G capabilities.

We’re doing the same thing in the manufacturing vertical with Samsung Austin Semiconductor, by helping to power a 5G “Innovation Zone” in their production facility in Austin, [Texas]. The idea is to work with Samsung Electronics and Samsung Austin to test out use cases over 5G to help understand the real world impact of 5G in manufacturing. We did the same with [AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas].

The multi-access edge compute – or MEC as we call it – that platform is going to be transformed in a big way as 5G is available more broadly. Then we believe that the future of cloud changes from not only a centralized cloud, but edge clouds as well. We would be in a great place to be able to help our solution providers not only get enabled toward selling that solution when it’s available, but also figuring out how to monetize that as well.

The final tenet is mobile 5G. This is all about mobile connectivity as you know it. Today we only have the mobile hotspot for 5G, which will work wherever 5G is available. Within these 19 markets, there’s specific areas where you can actually use it.

Samsung’s working with us. They’re going to come up with a 5G-enabled smartphone that work on AT&T’s network. We’re excited about that, but really you’re looking at early 2020 when we’ll have more of a nationwide 5G network. We’ve built it on standards. AT&T was the very first standards-based 5G network. That’s important because you want customers to be able to go from 5G to 4G LTE to Wi-Fi [and] be able to have backward-compatibility. When you build something that’s not on standards, you’re not going to…

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