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AT&T 5G Evolution coverage expands to an additional 117 markets

AT&T 5G Evolution coverage expands to an additional 117 markets

"We'll continue to build our 5G foundation across the country and along the way we'll keep sharing updates on 5G trials, new 5G Evolution markets, new LTE-LAA markets, and name more cities where we'll launch standards-based mobile 5G in 2018", said AT&T chief technology officer Andre Fuetsch, in a blog post.

AT&T earlier this year said it planned to launch mobile 5G service in a dozen markets by the end of 2018. The pseudo-5G technology can support speeds up to two times faster than standard LTE - with theoretical peak speeds clocking in at 400 megabits per second, the company wrote.

According to a press release, 5G Evolution is now in over 100 markets. Additionally, the company has announced that LTE-LAA technology will be available in parts of three new markets today, bringing the total to seven. "5G will provide a wireless experience that is faster, more responsive and more secure for our customers". Essentially, you get faster speeds now and AT&T can upgrade them to true 5G when that tech is ready. LTA-AAA can deliver theoretical peak speeds for capable devices of up to one gigabit per second. It takes advantage of 4G LTE technologies like 256 QAM, carrier aggregation, and 4×4 MIMO to boost download speeds on supported devices.

The first 5G networks should begin appearing later this year, but AT&T is already rushing to call its network "5G".




In the meantime, AT&T is playing loosey-goosey with the 5G label for what is really an enhanced 4G LTE network. AT&T says it plans on covering 500 markets later this year, including Portland, OR and Seattle, WA.

Fuetsch outlined AT&T's 5G path a little further, highlighting the role SDN and the cloud plays in that path.

"5G will change the way we live, work and enjoy entertainment", said Melissa Arnoldi, president, AT&T Technology and Operations. "We're building now to prepare for a 5G future".


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