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AT&T Says '5G Evolution' to Reach 20 Markets This Year

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Apr 25, 2017, 10:51 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Apr 25, 2017, 10:56 AM

AT&T said customers who own the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will have access to enhanced wireless service in Austin starting today. Austin serves as the first market for what AT&T is calling "5G Evolution" service, an effort to modernize and improve its network ahead of the official adoption of the 5G specification by international standards bodies. AT&T plans to take advantage of improved LTE 4G network technologies such as small cells, network densification, carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO, and 256 QAM to provide real-world speed and latency improvements. The company didn't provide any guidance on what sort of speeds S8 and S8+ owners in Austin will actually experience other than to indicate 5G Evolution will be up to twice as fast as its existing LTE 4G service. AT&T will light up 5G Evolution in Indianapolis this summer with markets including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, San Francisco, and others to go live by the end of the year. Further, AT&T said it will have "numerous other" 5G Evolution-capable devices available by the end of the year. All four major carriers are moving forward with 5G technology trials despite the fact that the final standard has not been ratified. AT&T's so-called 5G Evolution is "5G" in name only.

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PhoneMaster

Apr 25, 2017, 2:52 PM

Here we go again with the meaningless war of words that AT&T is sure to start with the other carrier

T-Mobile has already been doing all of those things AT&T has said they will be doing but it isn't calling their network "5G". Just more meaningless marketing mumbo jumbo from the folks at AT&T.
 
 
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