AT&T's 5G 'foundation' technology is now live in 141 markets

The 5G Evolution service has added 117 markets to the existing 24 that the company is now preparing for 5G deployment, bringing the total number of cities up to 141. While AT&T says that its 5G Evolution offers speeds twice as fast as its regular 4G LTE network, it is not 5G.

Some of the placed that already have access to fake 5G include Waco, Atlanta and Dallas, and all of these places will have real 5G by the end of the year. Samsung Galaxy users are in a better position with support for S8, S9, S8+, S9+, Note8 and S8 Active models.

"As one of the fastest growing midsize city tech hubs, 5G Evolution means we're now able to more rapidly create jobs, attract talent and launch new ventures", Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said in a statement. Currently, there are four markets in the region that are running 5G Evolution.

5G, the next generation of wireless, will be used to supercharge not only smartphones but "internet of things" devices. Interestingly enough, AT&T could be the first wireless carrier in the United States to launch true 5G service in a dozen markets later this year, as the company announced in January.

5G Evolution technology is now activated in 141 markets in total.

The NBN CEO has said the company's plans for 5G remain contained to its fixed-wireless product.

"We're building a 5G network that will fundamentally change the way the world lives and works", said Melissa Arnoldi, president of technology and operations, in a press release published Thursday. It all starts with the foundation and in this case, that involves the rollout of 5G Evolution and LTE-LAA technologies (essentially upgrading existing cell towers with LTE Advanced features like 256 QAM, 4x4 MIMO and three-way carrier aggregation). "For example, before you can build out the playroom or open-concept kitchen, you need a strong foundation in place", Fuetsch wrote.


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