In race for 5G networks, Austin may be falling behind


The world’s largest telecommunication companies are racing toward the next generation of wireless communication, dubbed 5G. But in Austin, a metro area usually known for tech innovation, the going is slow.

Although companies such as AT&T have started to lay the groundwork for 5G networks in Austin, progress here has been slow in comparison to what companies have been able to assemble in other large metro areas such as Dallas and Houston, which executives said have had an easier permitting process for the devices that will connect 5G.

Experts say 5G, which refers to the 5th generation wireless broadband technology — essentially meaning ultra high-speed wireless connections — is important not only because it will power future waves of mobile devices, but also because it will be crucial for other evolving tech in industries such as automotive and health care.

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