Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. will receive a 5G upgrade by the end of 2021, AT&T announced on Wednesday.

“We’re proud and honored to bring AT&T 5G and other highly innovative commercial networking-as-a-service capabilities to the Air Force,” said Anne Chow, chief executive officer of AT&T Business.

The technology upgrade will aid the Air Force’s web-based devices, and have implementations including augmented and virtual reality, robotics, drones and network edge storage and computing.

“We are helping the Air Force optimize the value of our 5G and other networking capabilities at these 3 bases and stand ready to work with them to extend these services across the entirety of the Air Force if they so choose,” said Chow.

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