AT&T 5G Evolution coverage expands to an additional 117 markets

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"5G will provide a wireless experience that is faster, more responsive and more secure for our customers".

Denver has finally been added to AT&T's list of pre-5G wireless service rollouts with a scheduled launch of "later this year", the company announced Friday. Now AT&T has announced that they are launching their 5G Evolution technology in parts of 117 markets. What AT&T has essentially done is utilize things like 4x4 MIMO antennas and 256 QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) to reach speeds that are faster than its current 4G LTE network, and call it 5G Evolution. The term 5G Evolution is more of a marketing term, since the underlying technology for it is really advanced 4G technology.

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AT&T also announced a smaller expansion of LTE-LAA technology to an additional 3 markets including Boston, Sacramento and McAllen, Texas. Speeds for true 5G, which will require upgraded phones, are expected to hit 1 gigabit per second. The LG V30 and Moto Z2 Force smartphones can also leverage the technology.

Andre Fuetsch, President of AT&T Labs and CTO of AT&T Services, likened the process of deploying 5G to building a house. Currently, there are four markets in the region that are running 5G Evolution. AT&T says it plans on covering 500 markets later this year, including Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. The carrier plans to use its interim protocol as a foundation for a true cellular 5G deployment before the end of the year.

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"5G will be the first network to be born in the cloud", said Fuetsch. These technologies serve as the runway to 5G by boosting the existing LTE network and priming it for the future of connectivity.

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