Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

AT&T launches 5G technology in Columbus

AT&T launches 5G technology in Columbus

It was right around a year ago when AT&T trumpeted plans to expand its "5G Evolution" network to 20 metro areas before flipping the calendar to 2018.

AT&T mentioned three cities - Atlanta, Dallas and Waco - where 5G Evolution technology is already in place and primed for a bump to standards-based mobile 5G later this year although according to the company's presser, parts of more than 100 markets are now live with 5G Evolution up and running.

"We're building a 5G network that will fundamentally change the way the world lives and works", said Melissa Arnoldi, president of Technology & Operations. 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. Historically, the iPhone maker waits until there's a much larger footprint for a new wireless technology, both in the USA and elsewhere.

AT&T also announced a smaller expansion of LTE-LAA technology to an additional 3 markets including Boston, Sacramento and McAllen, Texas.

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AT&T customers with the latest 5G Evolution and LTE-LAA capable devices can access faster speeds and have a better experience.

Basically, the 5G Evolution leverages AT&T's upgraded infrastructure to bring faster speeds to other markets.

As a refresher, 5G Evolution isn't proper 5G. "We're moving quickly to begin deploying mobile 5G this year and start unlocking the future of connectivity for consumers and businesses". "That means that once the 5G radios are installed, we can use software to add new features and upgrades - easily and cost-efficiently".

In the meantime, AT&T is playing loosey-goosey with the 5G label for what is really an enhanced 4G LTE network.

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