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Raleigh, Charlotte, Oklahoma City: Next 5G Cities on AT&T's List

AT&T is expanding its mobile 5G network.

As revealed by the wireless provider, it will be expanding its 5G network to three cities by next year. The wireless network revealed that it will be improving the wireless connectivity of those living in Charlotte, North Carolina; Raleigh, North Carolina; and in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

These three cities add to the wireless carrier's three previously named cities, which are Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; and Waco, Texas.

Despite targeting the cities with the biggest population, AT&T is doing its best to launch 5G in mid-sized cities as well. The company expects that "All Americans should have access to next-gen connectivity to avoid a new digital divide."

Apart from this latest news, AT&T has put some highlight on the status of its pseudo-5G network; LTE-LAA. The carrier revealed that they have added eight cities to the list of those with this network. This list includes:

  • Austin, Texas
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Houston, Texas
  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • San Jose, California
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama

In line with its promise to make true 5G network available in a dozen of cities before the year ends, AT&T is making good progress. It's exciting to see which other cities AT&T will be including in its progress.

Source: Engadget

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  1. The article says you will only be able to use a “puck” to access the network in these cities.

    1. That sounds perfect for Detroit... Hockeytown, USA!

    2. I don’t think carrying “pucks” sounds “exciting.”

  2. "AT&T plans to introduce a puck-shaped device to allow users to access the 5G network with their current mobile phones because 5G smartphones are not expected to be available until 2019, AT&T chief technology officer Andre Fuetsch told Reuters.

    Ken Hyers, director, Emerging Device Technologies at Strategy Analytics, earlier said: “We expect early 5G smartphones in 2019 and 2020 to be very expensive, approaching $1000, due to their high technical complexity and normal early mover premiums.”

    S: telecomlead.com

    AT&T has described the "puck" as a router for distributing the 5G signal among various WiFi devices. Fair enough, but not really what I would call a "mobile" device.

  3. A true 5G network is still years away. This is nothing but marketing.

  4. Awesome!

    Just let me whip out my 5G phone and- oh right, there aren't any 5G phones yet.

    Well ain't that just a horse's paw.

  5. I went to me local AT&T store to buy a $49.99 iPhone SE. The reps told me that ALL their phones except iPhones connect to their 5G network, which is now "everywhere." They said Apple always lags behind.
    After I bought the iPhone, I asked them to stop misleading people. Google "AT&T 5G network" and learn how their company is fooling the uninformed. "5G Evolution in 140+ cities" is just fast LTE, with enhanced MIMO, carrier aggregation and LAA in a few places. It does NOT meet the interim or final 5G standard. The manager said I was wrong, that all their phones connect to 5G. I asked him which radio band? He could not say. He had never heard of millimeter wave bands 28, 39 that AT&T is planning to use for "mobile 5G" in 12 cities, or that none of their phones support them. He did not know about pucks, or that they only provide access to WiFi devices. He did not know that AT&T is primarily setting up apartment buildings and businesses in their "trials." Offering 5G primarily as an alternative to fixed ISPs.

    1. Typo. That's 28GHz and 39GHz spectrum for 5G, not bands.
      At least we know the guy in the picture above is not using 5G on his cellphone ;-)

    2. Agreed. This is no surprise; when I want to converse with a used car salesman I usually just take a walk to the corner lot.

    3. If this manager were motivated enough to do his research, he wouldn't be working at a wireless store.

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