By mid-2020, Tyndall Air Force Base in the Florida panhandle will have a unique distinction: It will carry 5G service. It’s a happy distinction for a base known more for catastrophe of late.
The base suffered significant structural damage in Hurricane Michael in 2018, when the Category 5 storm battered it with 160-MPH winds. In the wake of the devastation, the Air Force is rebuilding Tyndall as a model of a modern, connected base.
Helping in the effort is AT&T, which has been on a publicity blitz of late around the ongoing rollout of its 5G network. The base will feature networking capabilities powered by AT&T 5G to support augmented and virtual reality, IoT, and a broad array of innovative technologies that may soon become a fundamental part of military operations.