After the The FCC held a large spectrum auction earlier this year when AT&T spent $ 23 billion to develop its 5G network, the carrier said it’s going to start roll out 40MHz of its new 80MHz spectrum holdings later this year, as soon as its new C-band is officially available.
AT&T says it hopes its new 5G C-band spectrum will cover 70 to 75 million Americans by the end of 2022, with the goal of increasing that number to 200 million by the end of 2023. Currently, AT&T claims that its standard 5G network (aka under 6 GHz 5G) covers more than 250 million people in the United States, while its faster 5G + network (aka mmWave 5G) is available in parts from 38 cities as well as 20 stadiums and venues across the country. AT & T’s new mid-range spectrum will be faster than its low-band 5G, but slower than its super-fast (but hard to find) 5G +.
Of course, building 5G coverage and doing something with all that wireless bandwidth aren’t exactly the same. AT&T announced a number of new and ongoing partnerships with a certain big brands and sports teams to use 5G in a more tangible way.
AT & T’s partnerships with arenas and sports franchises like the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Dallas Cowboys make a lot of sense, as the increased bandwidth of 5G allows fans to enjoy better wireless service when attending events, while potentially unlocking small perks like as live statistics.tracking on your phone.
AT&T also showed some Demos powered by 5G, like a Space jam Augmented reality experience where you can place an AR avatar of familiar characters like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in the real world, using your phone’s screen and camera.
But 5G in stadiums and augmented reality powered by 5G are not new. PPerhaps the most tangible benefits of improving AT&T 5G coverage have been his partnerships with Google Stadia to provide better game streaming and Boingo to help provide improved wireless speeds in places like airports, military bases and stadiums. So while these aren’t very exciting developments, the benefits of adding more bandwidth at lower latencies are evident when it comes to cloud gaming and travel.
Lest the 5G hype train escape us, I will remind you that if you are satisfied with their coverage and your current device, do not feel pressured to upgrade to a new 5G handset.
As AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile also acquired large chunks of spectrum during the FCC auction in February, and they too are laying the foundations for the deployment of their new spectrum by the end of the year. And as 5G technology continues to mature, we are still at the start of what will likely be a 10-year cycle. The handsets and 5G experiences we have today won’t magically change overnight. This does not mean 5G is unnecessary, just a reminder this development of 5G, both for operators and for those of us who use it, IIt is a long and continuous process.