AT&T says it is still bringing 5G to 12 cities by end of the year

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AT&T just told investors it’s about to roll out 5G, but how quickly will it come?

It’s October, and while that means pumpkins and candy and jump scares, it also means it’s Q3 earnings season! Earning reports are usually a bit of a bore, but the one for AT&T this week brought some news on the 5G front: it’s rolling 5G out to its first 12 markets, potentially before Thanksgiving!

AT&T has been promising the beginning of 5G coverage by the end of the year — real 5G, not its ‘5G Evolution’ branding confusion it gave users while the 5G spec was still being finalized — and December is just around the corner — I can hear the Christmas music already — and on its Q3 earnings call, the Texas-based carrier told investors its intending to keep to its word, rolling out 5G in parts of its 12 initial markets "within the next few weeks".

"Few" is intentionally vague, but considering the end of the year traditionally includes the biggest travel seasons and employees scrambling to use up all their vacation days, it’s reasonable to conclude that we’ll see the roll out before the end of the month, maybe even before the travel mess that is Thanksgiving.

The slides shared during the call say that 5G network — based on and certified by the 3GPP standard for 5G — will be introduced in "parts of 12 cities" before the end of the year, and as a Texan, several of the initial markets excite me:

  • Dallas, TX (AT&T’s HQ)
  • Houston, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Waco, TX
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Louisville, KY
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Jacksonville, FL

The slides also state there is an additional 7 markets that will see 5G in early 2019:

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Fransisco, CA,
  • San Jose, CA
  • Orlando, FL
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Nashville, TN

Even with a real 5G rollout, you’ll still need a 5G-compatible phone to see the new speeds, and we won’t see many of those until 2019. Until then, AT&T can keep racing to cover the network its users will be buying 5G phones for next year, but the rollout won’t mean much to the phone you have right now.

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October 25, 2018 at 08:25AM