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Tyndall Air Force Base to become one of first military bases in U.S. with 5G service

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Posted at 11:36 AM, Nov 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-21 11:38:52-05

(WTXL) — Tyndall Air Force Base, which suffered catastrophic structural damage in 2018 due to Hurricane Michael's Category 5 winds, will now become one of the first military bases to light up with 5G service.

AT&T says the U.S. Air Force is working with them to create a "Smart Base of the Future" at Tyndall Air Force Base, which is located in the Florida Panhandle.

They'll be one of the first military bases in the U.S. to feature the 5G service. The service is expected to launch as early as mid-2020.

Tyndall suffered catastrophic structural damage in 2018 caused by Hurricane Michael’s Category 5, 160-mph winds. Now, AT&T is rebuilding and modernizing communications infrastructure and capabilities across Tyndall.

With the new networking capabilities powered by AT&T 5G, the base will be able to support augmented and virtual reality, IoT, and a broad array of technologies.

The Air Force also plans to equip its first responders and eligible public safety users at Tyndall with FirstNet, a dedicated communications platform purpose-built for public safety.

“The Air Force and AT&T share a vision for the smart base of the future: one that uses modern, commercially available communications capabilities to help our military maintain its globally competitive edge in defending our freedoms,” said Xavier Williams, President, AT&T Global Public Sector. “We’re proud to work with the Air Force and help fulfill its vision for how technology can power improvements in mission delivery while helping it keep its technological advantage.”

Under the agreement between the Air Force and AT&T, AT&T will also deliver and manage commercial and private enterprise information technology capabilities at Tyndall. Initial services include mobility, cloud access, unified communications, voice, broadband, Wi-Fi expansion and an array of connected devices.