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AT&T's 5G Service Won't Be Ready Until 2019 After All

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Earlier in the month, AT&T announced that they will be bringing its 5G network capabilities to 12 cities before the year ends. Unfortunately, this doesn't guarantee that any 5G capable smartphones will be available for the service by then. AT&T revealed that they will be rolling out the fast wireless service through a small, portable modem device called a puck.

The network's CEO Randall Stephenson revealed this through yesterday's fourth-quarter earnings call. As explained by the executive, "Getting the handsets at scale penetrated into the market will slow things down." Because of this, the carrier intends to deploy pucks during the first phase of this 12-month deployment campaign.

What this essentially means is that AT&T will be releasing a mobile solution for 5G connectivity instead of a handset. The reason behind this is that there won't be as many handsets available for the technology yet.

This bit of news comes as a disappointment for those who anticipated 5G to be released this year. But with the way things are going right now, it's highly possible that it won't be around until 2019. With this new timeframe, however, device manufacturers and chip makers will have ample time to come up with products ready for AT&T's 5G service.

As of this writing, there's still no word on where AT&T will be introducing its 5G service this year. Its rival companies are also getting ready to launch residential broadband service with Verizon launching in five cities by the end of the year and T-Mobile's goal to do this by 2020.


Source: Tom's Guide

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  1. I wonder how the monthly pricing plans would work. Probably UNLIMITED minutes, text, & data with the first 10 GB at 5G speed and the rest at the unusable sub-dialup speed... all for the low low price of $99/month.

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    1. Unlimited Talk and Text + 300MB of 5G Data, 2GB of 4G LTE data and thereafter 128kbps price of $60. Sounds ridiculous.

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  2. We all had to wait out the transition between 3g and 4g. Waiting a little longer won't kill anyone.

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    1. Tweets, and FB updates are in the balance.

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  3. Will the after 5G speeds still be 128 kbps?
    When will they give us true unlimited 500 kbps or 1mbps data as our backup?

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  4. So do they will add WiFi-Calling and VoLTE on AT&T Preapid?

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  5. Did Dennis retire? Haven't seen him post in weeks??

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  6. It's not a problem - they'll just decree that their LTE is 5G, bully samsung to make their devices show 5G instead of 4G, and poof! 5G!

    That's what they did instead of 4G.

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  7. So att doesnt have real lte like verizon?

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    1. There is no actual definex standard for LTE. It is whatever a carrier says it is. So I'm sure whatever AT&T has is as real as anything anyone else has.

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    2. That's incorrect. LTE is a specific air interface standard that's defined by the 3GPP. LTE speeds vary but thottled LTE is still LTE as long as it conforms to the standard which is about technology, not speed.

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  8. If you believe their announcement, Sprint will have the first nation-wide, MOBILE 5G service deployed during the first half of 2019. They say they have an agreement with Qcomm for front end tech and at least one Korean phone manufacturer for handsets.

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    1. If valid, this would be great. But, if I base my prognosis on the LTE deployment in my area, it would be AT&T, then Verizon, then T-Mobile and finally Sprint. We will see.

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    2. Verizon and AT&T are deploying fixed 5G first, using hotspots that could replace fixed broadband. T-Mobile has said they plan to start in 2019 and finish in 2020.

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  9. @Dennis,
    Nice you see you are back :) .

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  10. Maybe this blog should be renamed as Phone News, and there should be more postpaid news coverage. Last quarter 401K subscribers switched from prepaid to postpaid.
    This has happened with T-Mobile several times over the past quarters, and looks like an industry trend.

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