AT&T is all set to Make Mobile 5G a Reality in at Least 21 Major Cities this Year, including Minneapolis and Chicago
It’s been about 50 days since AT&T introduced its mobile 5G+ mmWave network and a 5G capable mobile hot spot to customers. As the 5G leader in the U.S., the company is pushing the industry and driving network and device performance improvements.
In fact, due to a number of incremental improvements on both the network and device side, some of its early customers using 5G delivered over millimeter wave spectrum, which it calls 5G+, have experienced speeds in the range of 200-300 megabits per second – and even as high as 400 megabits per second.
“Getting to mobile 5G first meant pushing the industry and ourselves faster than ever before, but we did it right and blazed a trail for others to follow,” said Jeff McElfresh, President, AT&T Technology Operations. “Now that we’ve had a few weeks to let the network breathe and look at real world results, I’m very encouraged by what we’re seeing. We can’t wait to drive forward and bring 5G+ to even more consumers and businesses in the coming months.”
“It is exciting to see AT&T as one of the world’s leaders in these early innings of 5G”, says Mark Lowenstein, managing director, Mobile Ecosystem. “This promises to be an exciting year, as we learn about initial mmWave deployments, expand coverage to more cities and across additional bands of spectrum, and see more 5G devices.”
Insights from One of the First 5G Customers
Many of the company’s first mobile 5G customers have been small to medium sized businesses. 5G technology has great potential to disrupt and improve many industries and provide a direct benefit to American consumers as a result.
AT&T has been working with businesses to implement 5G. The first business it connected is Deep South Studios, a full-service motion picture, television and digital media production facility in New Orleans.
“We jumped at the chance to work with AT&T as an early adopter of 5G” said Mick Flannigan, Executive Vice President, Deep South Studios. “We’re interested to see how the technology will handle transferring large amounts of HD video, including high-resolution graphics and video effects. A video production studio can really stand out because of its technology. And if you look at the capabilities of 5G, it feels limitless.”
More Cities to Get 5G this Year
AT&T is moving forward in bringing 5G+ to parts of more cities in the coming months. It is adding Minneapolis, MN and Chicago, IL to its 2019 deployment roadmap.
They will join its previously announced 2019 launch cities: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose.