AT&T expects to be the first U.S. company to introduce mobile 5G service in a dozen markets by late 2018. The promise of mobile 5G is seemingly endless and we’re moving fast to make that promise a reality after the first 5G NR standards were recently approved.
AT&T is conducting field trials of its broadband over power line technology, named Project AirGig, in Georgia and an undisclosed location outside the U.S. AT&T says the technology can support Gbps data rates.
AT&T is deploying LTE Licensed Assisted Access (LTE-LAA) in areas of downtown Indianapolis, with plans to expand downtown coverage by the end of the year. AT&T customers with a Samsung Galaxy Note8 can access the technology.
AT&T and Verizon have engaged Tillman Infrastructure to build hundreds of new cell towers. Tillman, which owns towers and building sites for small cells and “smart cities” infrastructure, will construct the towers and lease them to host base station equipment from AT&T and Verizon.
Continuing its rollout of broadband internet service to rural and underserved regions, part of the FCC’s Connect America Fund, AT&T has added service to regions in nine new states, bringing the service to some 160,000 locations in 18 states. AT&T plans to cover more than 400,000 locations by the end of 2017 and over 1.1 million by 2020.
AT&T launched LTE-Advanced capabilities in parts of Indianapolis, including 256-QAM, 4 x 4 MIMO and three-way carrier aggregation (CA). Presently, only customers with the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ phones can access the enhanced service, which AT&T says can double download data rates over LTE.
On May 18, 2017, AT&T announced that its U.S. LTE-M network was “live” and had been completed ahead of schedule. Their monthly plans for LTE-M begin at $1.50 per month per device, and LTE-M modules will be available for as low as $7.50 each, including a SIM card.