AT&T rolls out '5G Evolution' in more than 100 new markets

AT&T's 5G Evolution Expanding to 117 New Markets

In addition to 4x4 MIMO antenna and 256 QAM tech, AT&T says that LTE-LAA (Licensed Assisted Access) is also available as of this week in parts of 3 new markets, bringing the total number of markets served with that technology to 7.

According to AT&T, 5G Evolution will provide data transfer speeds up to 400 megabits per second on compatible devices.

"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. This wireless service uses carrier aggregation in the downlink to combine unlicensed LTE spectrum (5GHz) with LTE in licensed bands. "With faster speeds and ultra-low latency, 5G will ultimately deliver and enhance experiences like virtual reality, future driverless cars, immersive 4K video and more".

The 5G Evolution service has added 117 markets to the existing 24 that the company is now preparing for 5G deployment, bringing the total number of cities up to 141. Samsung Galaxy users are in a better position with support for S8, S9, S8+, S9+, Note8 and S8 Active models. A list of the current markets can be found at the end of this press release. Interestingly enough, AT&T could be the first wireless carrier in the USA to launch true 5G service in a dozen markets later this year, as the company announced in January.

But AT&T's 5G Evolution service, which the company said is two times faster than standard LTE wireless, is not 5G, a standard that is still prepping for commercial rollout. That means there is a good chance you will see 5G Evolution advertised in or near where you live in the coming months.

The carrier said that it is slowly shifting towards real 5G, but it needs to upgrade its cell towers first to make that happen.

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