AT&T Expands 5G Rollout to More Cities

Joanna Estrada
September 13, 2018

AT&T has already announced Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Raleigh and Waco for its late 2018 5G roster.

AT&T made what it calls the world's first wireless 5G data transfer over millimetre wave using standards-based, production equipment with a mobile form factor device over the 8-9 September weekend, in Waco, Texas.

It appears that the 5G rollouts won't cover all areas of the cities, instead focusing initially on the most densely populated parts, using millimeter wave spectrum.

"We're at the dawn of something new that will define the next decade and generation of connectivity", said Andre Fuetsch, chief technology officer, AT&T Communications in a statement.

Orlando will be included in the third wave of cities to receive the technology, while Jacksonville is included in the first two.

At the AT&T Spark innovation event in San Francisco Tuesday, companies NVIDIA and Ericsson are demonstrating the use for 5G in gaming, by showing a live, cloud-based playthrough of the upcoming game "Shadow of the Tomb Raider" over a live 5G mobile signal "to demonstrate how powerful computer and graphics capabilities in the network could someday power the sorts of high-end applications that now require standalone hardware", such as gaming consoles, according to the news release.

In addition, its 5G Evolution technology, an upgrade of LTE, is now live in more than 200 markets and will reach over 400 markets by the end of 2018. Over time, 5G will supersede 4G across the country-but only for handsets that support it. The 5G FWA service will go commercialized within this year.

"The 5G revolution will cast a much wider net", according to Wired.

Samsung Electronics said on Tuesday it has been selected along with Nokia and Ericsson as hardware vendors for the 5G services of the second largest US wireless carrier AT&T.

What are the key technologies and processes that will underpin successful, full 5G deployments? Still, there are impediments to 5G deployment, like continued opposition from a few communities and local authorities against 5G.

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