AT&T* is proud to make the best network according to America’s biggest test1 even better by announcing the launch of 5G Evolution network technologies in more markets across Georgia today.
5G Evolution technology is now live in parts of Liberty, Whitfield, Toombs, Harlson, Savannah and Warren. We previously announced this technology in parts of Atlanta, Chattooga and Dawson. There are now 239 markets nationwide where this technology is live. We plan to double the number of 5G Evolution markets to 440 by the end of the year. In the first half of 2019 we plan to offer nationwide coverage, making 5G Evolution available to over 200 million people.
5G Evolution markets are locations where we’ve deployed technologies that enable a peak theoretical speed for capable devices of at least 400 megabits per second.2 With 5G Evolution technologies, AT&T is laying the foundation for our path to mobile 5G. With 5G Evolution, residents and businesses in Georgia will experience the next generation of mobile connectivity.
Check out this blog from Kevin Petersen, senior vice president of device and network experiences, to learn where 5G Evolution and LTE-LAA technologies are available, a list of capable devices and more about how these technologies continue to lay the foundation for mobile 5G.
And, as mobile data usage continues to rise – an increase of more than 360,000% on our network in the past 7 years – our investment in 5G Evolution is a crucial to deliver standards-based mobile 5G networks starting in 2018. We plan to introduce standards-based mobile 5G in 12 cities this year, reaching a total of at least 19 cities in early 2019.
Additionally, the success of mobile 5G will rely on a quality fiber connection to the wireless towers and small cells, which then translate the fiber connection into an ultra-fast wireless signal for customers. By expanding our 100% fiber network in Georgia, we now offer our ultra-fast internet service powered by AT&T Fiber to more than 850,000 customer locations across the state. Through AT&T Fiber, we’ve built a solid foundation for the future of mobile 5G.
We’ve invested nearly $5.3 billion in our Georgia wireless and wired networks during 2015-2017. These investments bring the latest in connectivity to people across the country and boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. We’ve also improved critical services that support public safety and first responders. In 2017, AT&T made more than 4,300 wireless network upgrades in Georgia, including the construction and activation of 32 new cell sites. Notable network enhancements in 2017 include more than 2,700 LTE capacity adds to over 2,700 cell sites across Georgia.
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1 Based on GWS OneScore Sept. 2018. Excludes crowd source studies.
2 Actual speeds are lower and will vary. See http://about.att.com/sites/broadband/performance for more information on wireless speeds.
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