AT&T 5G Evolution launches today with the help of Samsung's Galaxy S8
by Florin Troaca / Apr 25, 2017, 12:38 PM
Remember that faster mobile network that AT&T promised back in February? This is now a reality, at least in select parts of Austin, Texas, where AT&T just switched on what it's calling "5G Evolution."
According to AT&T, 5G Evolution "offers twice the speeds of [its] 4G LTE network." Mind you, this is not true 5G. Actual 5G standards have yet to be finalized, so we won't be seeing any real 5G networks before 2019 the earliest. Nevertheless, 5G Evolution is now here to "pave the way to the next generation of faster speeds," as AT&T puts it.
For the moment, only owners of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ (pictured above) can enjoy the faster data speeds that AT&T's 5G Evolution is enabling. As you probably know, both the S8 and S8+ can be bought from AT&T - and all other relevant US carriers - since last week.
AT&T says it'll soon launch 5G Evolution in other areas across the US, starting with Indianapolis (sometime this summer). By the end of the year, 5G Evolution should be available in over 20 major metropolitan areas stateside, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, and San Francisco.
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If this isn't standardized 5g and it still offers twice the speed of 4g, wow. Still a long ways away.
posted on Apr 25, 2017, 12:51 PM 6
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When 4G first came out, it wasn't true 4G. It was 3G+ basically. TMo has gotten faster too. The S8 has a 1GB capable modem. Catch up US carriers.
posted on Apr 25, 2017, 2:16 PM 2
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Since the standards aren't finalized... what speeds are they seeing in Austin?
posted on Apr 25, 2017, 12:52 PM 0
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They're probably just referring to Gigabit LTE tbh.
posted on Apr 25, 2017, 12:57 PM 1
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Nope. Not even. It's up to 400Mpbs. AKA - what Verizon and T-Mobile already have live on their networks in many cities nationwide. (Theoretical speeds for all 3 of them only of course). Verizon branded it as LTE-Advanced and T-Mobile didn't brand it as anything.
posted on Apr 25, 2017, 1:25 PM 3
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Well... that's not exactly true. T-Mobile HAS been able to get it to 900 something Mbps, but that was in a lab test. https://newsroom.t-mobile.com/news-and-blogs/samsung-galaxy-s8-preorder-amazingness-and-ludicrous-lte-speeds.htm
posted on Apr 25, 2017, 2:04 PM 1
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I just happen to own one....in Las Vegas
posted on Apr 25, 2017, 12:57 PM 0
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Maybe Vegas will get it before 2018. Atlanta is on the list with a smaller population.
posted on Apr 25, 2017, 1:11 PM 0
Basically this is similar to when HSPA+ was considered 4G.
posted on Apr 25, 2017, 1:25 PM 5
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Here we go again. As mention already we all remember the whole 4G spec thing when the 4G consortium gave the whole speed rating to be consider 4G . Along came T-Mobile yelling that it's HSPA+ should be consider 4G as they were pushing just a little more speed then everyone else. and Bam, the consortium caves like little babies and redefined 4G to include HSPA+ So I predict same thing here - consortium will come out with the standard and AT&T will cry and BAM, they cave again and 5G will include LTE minimum speeds
posted on Apr 25, 2017, 3:31 PM 1
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This is just a marketing ploy by AT&T. They are using 4x4 MIMO, 256 QAM, and carrier aggregation to brand their 5G evolution. Tmobile has been using mimo and 256 qam since 2016. The only thing at&t has is 4 channel carrier aggregation which Tmobile has max of 3 channel until their spectrum purchase is put in use on 600mhz.
posted on Apr 25, 2017, 3:38 PM 2
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