Mobile service provider AT&T announced the launch of 5G Evolution technology in parts of 117 new markets.
AT&T said 5G Evolution technology is now available in 141 markets. AT&T can offer peak speeds of up to 400 megabits per second using 5G Evolution technology.
AT&T is also offering LTE-LAA in parts of 3 new markets of Boston, Sacramento and McAllen, Texas areas. With this development, LTE-LAA will be available in 7 markets. AT&T’s LTE-LAA technologies can deliver theoretical peak speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second.
“These complementary technologies are providing real and immediate benefits and a great user experience for our customers and are helping to drive our path to eventual nationwide mobile 5G,” said Melissa Arnoldi, president of Technology & Operations.
Andre Fuetsch, chief technology officer of AT&T, said: “AT&T customers with the latest 5G Evolution and LTE-LAA capable devices can access faster speeds.”
Samsung Galaxy S8, S9, S8+, S9+, Note8 and S8 Active – as well as the LG V30 and Moto Z2 Force Edition support the AT&T network initiatives.
5G Mobile Market Launch Plans Announced Earlier This Year
Earlier this year, AT&T announced plans to be the first U.S. carrier to deploy mobile 5G to customers in a dozen cities, including in parts of Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, Texas. AT&T’s 5G fixed wireless field trials are showing speeds nearing 1Gbps over mmWave spectrum bands.
AT&T in 5G tower deal
AT&T announced its agreement with CitySwitch for building new cell towers targeting its 5G launch.
“Working with CitySwitch means more alternatives to the traditional tower leasing model still followed by many. The traditional model isn’t cost-effective or sustainable,” said Susan Johnson, executive vice president – Global Connections and Supply Chain, AT&T.
“This deal is another step in continuing to diversify our suppliers based on site needs, increasing competition in the provision of tower space and exploring new avenues to cut costs,” Susan Johnson said.
AT&T said the macro site build work is also part of plan to deploy mobile 5G and meet mobile data usage demand. Mobile data traffic on AT&T’s wireless network increased more than 360,000 percent from 2007-2017.
“With AT&T’s nationwide FirstNet build project underway and 5G on the horizon, its important AT&T addresses its network real estate needs in new and thoughtful ways,” said Rob Raville, president and CEO at CitySwitch.