AT&T announces a further 12 cities that will also receive 5G

AT&T announces a further 12 cities that will also receive 5G
Way back in January, AT&T announced its plans to launch a commercial 5G network in at least 12 cities by the end of 2018. However, up until today, only seven cities out of the total were confirmed to be receiving the new network: Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Raleigh, and Waco. Today, though, the number 2 carrier has finally confirmed the remaining locations: Houston, Jacksonville, Louisville, New Orleans, and San Antonio.

As it has previously stated, AT&T has deliberately chosen an assortment of bigger and smaller cities in the hope of testing the next-generation network on a wide variety of users. Moreover, this will result in quite a bit of feedback related to how the network behaves in certain locations, something that will be crucial to the company. After all, unlike current networks, 5G has a much smaller range which means a higher number of cell towers will be required.

At this point in time, AT&T has still not confirmed when the new network will go live. However, it remains adamant that the launch will happen before the end of the year, even if only a limited number of users have access to it – while Verizon will be offering the Moto Z3 5G MotoMod starting January, AT&T is yet to announce the arrival of any 5G-ready smartphones. 

Regardless of what compatible devices the carrier will offer, AT&T has also confirmed which cities will be the first to receive its 5G network in early 2019: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose. This brings the total to 19 cities but, much like the original twelve, no specific launch date for the network has been revealed.

source: AT&T via Engadget

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8 Comments

1. michaelny2001

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

No NYC? that is where the money is. OK city, louiville, Waco, etc, nothing there, no money. carriers should look to serve the ones that pay them IMHO.

2. joshuaswingle

Posts: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I think the reason they are holding off on major cities initially is to ensure the quality of their network. I'm sure that by the time 5G-ready phones start to become mainstream items a network will be live in NYC.

5. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Stereotypical response from a New Yorker. Apparently you're clueless so I'll break it to you easy. There are actual people outside of NYC capable of keeping up with the latest trends in technology. Perhaps they want to work out all the kinks with us little people before they roll out 5G to all the Prima Donnas in NYC.

8. michaelny2001

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

dude, I did not try to offend you; sorry if that came across as such. i was just saying that when 5G phones become available along with the service, more people in larger cities such as NYC are able to afford them. 1,000 iphone, 1,000 Note 9, etc. Not me, i am happy with my Oneplus 3, still great, but didn't you see the lines for that new shiny iphone? i do get that they need to work out the kinks, it is just a little disappointing.

3. Chris_ABN

Posts: 192; Member since: May 16, 2018

It's Waco not Wako and at least Houston is getting covered.

4. D34ever

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

Yawn. This is mostly hype because 5G is still in its infancy. It's like 4K. Why buy a 4K TV when 95% of the contents are still in 1K?

6. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Your comments about 4k were valid 3urs ago. There is a surprising amount of good 4K content available.

7. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Chebner couldn't have said it better. All the gurls from new York think the same.

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