Today, AT&T has announced its plans to be the “first U.S. mobile company to introduce mobile 5G service in a dozen markets by late 2018.”

The upcoming 5G standard promises to bring significant speed upgrades to mobile devices, and we’ve been inching closer and closer to mobile companies bringing support.

While the press release announcing the news gives some information, much is still unknown about the upcoming network.

The 5G service will be based on the set industry standards, but does not specify the speeds they hope to achieve, which devices will have support, or which markets will receive it first.

In the past, AT&T has been blasted for their inaccurate branding of upcoming technologies, usually confusing consumers. It happened with their 4G vs LTE branding, and even recently with their 5G messaging.

Alongside its 5G rollout, they plan to increase the number of markets that support LTE-LAA as well, with “at least two dozen” being added this year. They also are rolling out their “5G Evolution” network, which will be coming to “hundreds” of additional markets this year.

The full press release can be read in AT&T’s newsroom.

  • Rodney Coleman

    $$$$$$$

  • nonchalont

    Cool. 5g is coming to the market and will start being the standard. 4g will be the new 3g, and 5g the new 4g. …..I’m going back to bed ?

    • Galaxy Life

      If your phone doesn’t support it then I guess you might feel that way.

      My S8 is 5G ready and I’m on AT&T so I think it’s rather exciting.

      • Think very clearly about what you just said and then slap the shit out of yourself.

      • I must have missed something… He lives in a major city, has a phone compatible with AT&T’s new 5G Evolution service, is a current AT&T customer and is excited about all this. What’s wrong?

      • Galaxy Life

        Oh look another offended iDiot.
        Seems like someone doesn’t understand the phrase “Gears up”

        So let me help you, Gears up to launch means they’re ready now–not years from now, unless you have an iPhone then yes it’s years from now.

      • It will be interesting to see if the S8 is actually 5G ready or if it’s “only” compatible with the 5G Evolution speeds being put out while 5G is fully finalized. Either way, hope you get to try 5G Evolution soon as I hear it’s supposed to be really fast.

  • craig

    yawn! this is all good if you live withing an area that gets good signal for these speeds, if not then i dont see the point. maybe they should invest more into placing radio towers in places with weak or no signal then build off that.

    • Galaxy Life

      Yawn? Remember 3G? Then 4G? Well this is the next standard. I have a Galaxy S8 and I’m on AT&T so I’ll let you know how great it is as soon as it’s ready. I live in NYC so that should be soon.

  • Siri Tim Cook Holness

    VZW is better

  • I remember when 4G first came out and there was only 10 or so cities in the world that supported it. Android phone manufacturers rushed to support it and then mocked Apple for waiting a year and holding onto “inferior” technology. But while Android users were eagerly waiting for the network to expand to their areas so they could get their faster data speeds, iPhone users ironically got access to it far earlier and in far greater numbers via some rather creative solutions by Apple in partnership with AT&T to achieve 4G speeds over the 3G network.

    It will be interesting to see what happens this time around.

    • Galaxy Life

      Not entirely accurate unless you’re talking about a specific carrier.

      In addition, carriers that had a limited rollout did so in major cities reaching tens of millions of users.

      When 5G begins, it too will be in major markets like here in NYC, so if it’s available to 100 million people on launch day why can’t iPhone users be 50 million of them?

      • I think you missed the point. When 4G came out last time, iPhones were slow to adopt it and instead worked out a method of using both antennas simultaneously to achieve 2x the download rates over the 3G network bringing the theoretical maximum download speed inline with the new 4G speeds. You can watch the October 2011 special event where apple talks about it (58:58 if you’re interested).

        The end result is that for the vast majority of users in America (still on 3G towers and waiting for 4G) iPhone users got the speed increase long before others. And in the areas where 4G was available both iPhone users and others enjoyed similar speeds. My point is simply that it will be interesting to see what route Apple takes this time in upgrading wireless tech.

  • Siri Tim Cook Holness

    At&t won’t be first such a lie VZW r always first