AT&T is working hard on its 5G marketing and well focused on its real 5G deployment. Moreover, it’s stepping things up because the carrier has announced next-gen wireless service. It will come to Chicago and Minneapolis during the current year. Both cities might not sound like much, but that’s adding to the 7 cities announced so far and potentially provides 5G speeds to millions of more people before the end of the current year.
The news comes alongside some bragging about already available 5G service. There are a large number of customers accessing millimeter wave 5G have reported speeds between 200Mbps to 400Mbps. While that’s not what you’d call gigabit class, it does show that the technology can provide a clear edge over LTE in the right circumstances. Do be aware that these initial users are relying on mobile routers, though, and that performance with smartphones could vary.
AT&T expects to have a nationwide 5G network in 2020 as with other carriers early in the year, in this case. That’s when you’re most likely to notice the difference, we’d add. While you’ll certainly see 5G smartphones from the likes of LG, OnePlus, and Samsung, these are more likely to be premium-priced variants than everyday models. You’ll already have to wait until 2020 before you can expect more affordable 5G phones, so it’s only fitting that the coverage should be more substantial by that point.