AT&T teams up with Ericsson
AT&T (T) recently announced a collaboration with Ericsson (ERIC) that will help provide comprehensive testing to safeguard IoT (Internet of Things) devices from growing cybersecurity threats. The need for IoT device security comes amid the growing number and diversity of these devices. Ericsson seems to be a perfect choice since it’s the only network equipment provider with CTIA cybersecurity certification.
How will Ericsson help?
Ericsson will offer comprehensive testing to help protect AT&T’s IoT devices from increasing cybersecurity threats. It will put the required cybersecurity defenses in place and thus help businesses get baseline testing and validation to make their devices more secure.
Ericsson will also help AT&T build its mobile nationwide 5G (fifth-generation) network. AT&T is also working on 5G with cutting-edge technology equipment manufacturers Nokia and Samsung.
AT&T on 5G
AT&T has recently added five more cities to its previously announced seven cities for 5G service, which is in line with its plans to launch it in a dozen cities in 2018. It plans to deploy 5G service to 19 cities by early 2019.
AT&T’s rival Verizon (VZ) has announced that it will launch its commercial 5G broadband Internet service in a few markets on October 1. Its 5G Home service will be initially rolled out in select markets in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento.
T-Mobile’s (TMUS) mega-merger agreement with rival Sprint (S) is expected to create an improved 5G network. It’s targeting a 5G launch in the first half of 2019. According to research by Statista, 5G wireless subscriptions are projected to reach 545 million by 2022.