5G technology is an evolution, not a single event. In 2018, AT&T was the first and only company in the U.S. to offer a mobile 5G device over a commercial, standards-based mobile 5G network. We brought mobile 5G to Raleigh, Charlotte and 10 other cities last year, and plan to reach at least 19 cities in early 2019.
Meanwhile, we’ve been hard at work laying the foundation with 5G Evolution, as well as LTE-LAA. Indeed, we’ve made the nation’s best network — according to America’s biggest test1 — even better by announcing 99 new 5G Evolution markets. This brings our total number of markets with these technologies to 239. As a reminder, 5G Evolution markets are locations where we’ve deployed technologies that enable peak theoretical wireless speeds for capable devices of at least 400 megabits per second.2 In the first half of 2019 we plan to offer nationwide coverage, making 5G Evolution available to over 200 million people.
The other technology we’re using to lay the mobile 5G foundation is LTE-LAA. With LTE-LAA, the network technologies have a peak theoretical wireless speed for capable devices of 1 gigabit per second.2 LTE-LAA is now live in parts of over 20 cities.
In terms of devices, we offer 13 different ones capable of accessing both 5G Evolution and LTE-LAA network technologies. The devices include: LG V30 and LG V35 ThinQ, Motorola Z2 Force Edition, Netgear Nighthawk Mobile Router, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 series devices and others, including a 5G smartphone from Samsung in the first half of 2019.
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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.