As we reported here a couple of weeks ago, AT&T has plans to bring 5G Internet to the masses by 2018. However, for 20 metro areas, they will only have to wait until the end of this current year. As of right now, speeds twice as fast as the 4g LTE that we are accustomed to today has been confirmed to launch in 2017 in at least Atlanta, Lose Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Nashville, Chicago, and Indianapolis.
In regards to the Indianapolis rollout, Marachel Knight, Senior Vice President of Wireless Network Architecture and Design for AT &T stated:
“We’re excited to launch these new, faster, wireless technologies in Indianapolis as we march towards standards-based mobile 5G. The upgrades in Indianapolis are crucial to the future of next generation connectivity in this city.”
Mayor of Indianapolis, Joe Hogsett, weighed on this ground-breaking new venture:
Ongoing advancements in wireless technology are a crucial piece of the economic development puzzle. It’s tremendous that Indianapolis is leading the pack when it comes to the very latest in these kind of technologies, and a testament to our community’s vision and hard work.”
Recently in San Francisco, the communications company tested LTE-LAA technology, observing speeds maxing out at 750 Mbps. As of today, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones are compatible with AT&T’s 5G network. However, more 5G Evolution devices will be coming in the ensuing months.
Although 5G will be available in 20 metro markets, most people in the United States will have to wait a year or two. AT&T anticipates 5G to be widely available by 2020.