AT&T to launch 5G networks in Austin and Indianapolis, speeds up to 1Gbps possible

AT&T to launch 5G networks in Austin and Indianapolis, speeds up to 1Gbps possible
AT&T announced its plans to launch a really fast mobile network in Austin and Indianopolis later this year. The carrier calls it a 5G network and says theoretical peak download speeds of 400Mbps are to be expected, with carrier aggregation and other network techniques bumping that to as much as 1Gbps in some areas.

However, there's no 5G network standard as of 2017, hence there's no such thing as a 5G smartphone yet. But Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890-powered smartphones – that is, most flagship devices from last year – come with modems capable of 600Mbps download speeds. So chances are plenty of AT&T subscribers in Austin and Indianapolis will be able to get a taste of next-gen network speeds.

The 5G rollout is part of AT&T's vision for Indigo, the "third generation of modern networking." The carrier describes Indigo as a "living, evolving, upgradeable platform" and talks of taking the smartphone operating system model to networking. In addition to 5G connectivity, Indigo is comprised of technologies like Big Data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cybersecurity and software-defined networking. Sigh. All this technology, and our voice calls still sound like we're speaking from the netherworld.

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6 Comments

1. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

That's BS, we don't even get 10Mbps with current 4G. They can't just simply max it out thousands time. BS

2. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Yeah, I was thinking the same. This may give us 15-20MB/sec speeds at best

4. Derekjeter

Posts: 1466; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

This is where the government should jump in and make all carriers beef up the old LTE coverage first, before they start building 5g speeds. Its Bull s**t that we still have 3g and dead spots.

5. jasrockett

Posts: 125; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I got 1 MB/s at work before tower upgrade last year, now 110 Mbps At home 80 Mbps But the ADSL 2 runs at runs at a blistering 0.6 Mbps

8. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

T-Mobile KCMO.... Doing 86.5 Mbps download 30.5 Mbps up At home.. Nice

9. sachouba

Posts: 266; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Americans are great at marketing things. They were the first to market 4G when it was only 3G, and now they are doing the same with 5G.

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