AT&T announced today an expansion of their 5G Evolution technology to an additional 117 markets across the USA, bringing the total 5G Evolution markets to 141.
AT&T hopes these announcements help build momentum and interest for real 5G service, based on the emerging 3GPP 5G standard, which 5G Evolution service does not comply with.
According to AT&T, 5G Evolution will provide data transfer speeds up to 400 megabits per second on compatible devices.
However, if you're an iPhone owner, you'll have to wait for the 5G technology. These devices include the Samsung Galaxy lineup - S8, S9, S8+, S9+, Note8 and S8 Active - as well as the LG V30 and Moto Z Force Edition.
Andre Fuetsch, President of AT&T Labs and CTO of AT&T Services, likened the process of deploying 5G to building a house. Hit the link below for a list of markets which now support 5G Evolution and LTE-AAA.
In the meantime, AT&T is playing loosey-goosey with the 5G label for what is really an enhanced 4G LTE network. These technologies serve as the runway to 5G by boosting the existing LTE network and priming it for the future of connectivity. The company added that it will also be launching LTE-LAA, which is a faster type of LTE connection that consists of an unlicensed spectrum-this one will be available in parts of Boston, Sacramento and McAllen Texas. As part of that, AT&T says it plans to make 5G Evolution available in over 500 markets later this year. "With faster speeds and ultra-low latency, 5G will ultimately deliver and enhance experiences like virtual reality, future driverless cars, immersive 4K video and more".