Nearly a year after launching AT&T 5G nationwide, the US network continues to expand both its 5G and 5G+ (mmWave) networks. AT&T 5G now covers more than 250 million people and AT&T 5G+ is now in parts of 38 cities and 20 venues across the US and expected to be in parts of 40 cities and 40 venues by the end of this year. Additionally, the network plans to start delivering 5G over C-band spectrum imminently.
“For our teams, 5G innovation is a mission on which we continually accelerate because we know the value it provides to our customers and our communities,” said Kevin Hetrick, VP Construction & Engineering at AT&T.
"While building one type of 5G network may be enough for some carriers, like Verizon, we know it’s not enough to give our customers the full experience. As part of our commitment in March, our teams are deploying our super-fast AT&T 5G+ in more stadiums, airports and cities across the country,” said AT&T, who hit their end of year goal of nationwide coverage six months early, in a press statement.
AT&T 5G+, which is mmWave 5G, is bringing customers increased 5G speed and enhanced connectivity in parts of 38 cities and more than 20 venues across the US. The network says that by the end of 2021, it expects to offer 5G+ to parts of more than 40 cities and 40 venues.
“Sports fans love watching the game, as well as the experiences surrounding it. AT&T 5G+ is advancing the fan experience by enabling enhancements that help make the games and their favourite players come alive. And when it comes to entertainment, our 5G network will allow viewers to be immersed like never before. Just like the thrill of a last second victory, bringing to life experiences that matter to our customers is an incredible feeling – that’s the power of advanced networks enabling advanced fandom,” said Mo Katibeh, SVP, Network Infrastructure and Build at AT&T.
Super-fast 5G+ connectivity from AT&T will be available at the major gate and concession areas inside the Tampa International Airport and the network has plans to connect 7 more major US airports by the end of the year.
AT&T are also working with universities and hospitals to transform how they educate their students and care for their patients, collaborating with prestigious universities including the University of Connecticut, advance their entrepreneurship and data science program.
At the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC, a private AT&T 5G network is helping to revolutionise the way patients and researchers connect. The increased speeds and ultra-low latency offered by the 5G technology allow the doctors to use data collected and processed on site to make on-the-spot decisions, which is important to enhance patient care.
C-Band build plan
Having acquired 80 MHz of C-band spectrum during the most recent FCC auction, AT&T are keen to get 5G delivered over C-band spectrum to their customers, quickly. The network completed the first successful C-band field test earlier this year, meaning their teams have established the first 5G connection and will be able to quickly deploy C-band spectrum when the first 40 MHz is made available to them later this year. Indeed, AT&T has announced that their C-Band build plan includes covering 70M – 75M by end of year 2022, and 200M by the end of 2023.