AT&T expands its 5G Evolution to 117 more markets

AT&T expands its 5G Evolution to 117 more markets
About a year ago, AT&T launched its 5G Evolution service. Wow! 5G service in 2017? Uh, not exactly. As you might recall, this turned into a bit of a controversy for the nation's second largest carrier. While AT&T says that its 5G Evolution offers speeds twice as fast as its regular 4G LTE network, it is not 5G. Let's repeat that one more time. AT&T's 5G Evolution is NOT 5G.

Yesterday, AT&T announced that it has launched 5G Evolution in 117 new markets bringing the total to 141. AT&T states that this service can deliver theoretical speeds as fast as 400Mbps (actual speeds will vary). By the end of the year, AT&T plans on having 5G Evolution available in 500 markets including parts of cities like Baltimore; Charlotte, N.C.; Cleveland; Denver; Detroit; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City; Las Vegas; New York City; Philadelphia; Portland; Raleigh; Salt Lake City; Seattle; and Washington, D.C. Some of the major markets that currently have the service include Atlanta, Chicago, Memphis, Nashville and San Diego.

AT&T has also started offering LTE-LAA (Licensed Assisted Access) in three new markets, Boston, Sacramento and McAllen, Texas. Previously, LTE-LAA was launched in Chicago's Loop, near Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the Financial District in San Francisco and downtown Los Angeles. This wireless service uses carrier aggregation in the downlink to combine unlicensed LTE spectrum (5GHz) with LTE in licensed bands. Those AT&T subscribers with a newer compatible smartphone, living in an area serviced by AT&T's LTE-LAA network, can enjoy theoretical speeds of up to 1Gbps (actual speeds will vary).

Devices that will work with 5G Evolution and LTE-LAA include the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S9+, LG V30 and the Moto Z2 Force.

Later this year, AT&T plans on introducing real 5G service using mmWave spectrum bands in cities like Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, Texas. 5G field trials have produced speeds approaching 1Gbps.


source: AT&T

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10 Comments

1. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

350 mbps on my mom's at&t note 8 in downtown LA . Wow with 3 bars lte . Never have I seen that on Verizon which I have .

4. andynaija

Posts: 1262; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

bars =/= speed

8. iushnt

Posts: 3124; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Bars do affect the speed though..

3. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I guess I'll need a phone that can handle this first.

5. gamehead unregistered

I use at&t's prepaid service. No complaints

6. andynaija

Posts: 1262; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

When they build out an actual 5G then I'll be interested, until then, it doesn't matter what fake "5G" announcements they're putting out.

7. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

That fake 5G is getting speeds Verizon has never seen maybe T-Mobile but deff not Verizon or sprint . I have Verizon I never seen anything like what I seen my mom on At&t get . I heard T-Mobile also gets speeds that high from friends I have on T-Mobile.

9. kaintae

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

What do you need all that speed for? I have no problems with AT&T. But T-Mobile’s coverage is trash. Verizon has been the only carrier that has gotten me through multiple hurricanes, and through virtually all parts of the country without any issues.

10. Junito

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Watch those 2G melt like wax at those speeds.

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