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AT&T reveals 3 cities that will get 5G this year (even though phones won’t connect to it)
- The list of 5G cities that AT&T will switch on this year grows by three: Charlotte, Raleigh, and Oklahoma City.
- Previously announced 5G cities are Dallas, Waco, and Atlanta.
- AT&T promises a dozen cities will have 5G by the end of 2018, which means six more announcements are on the way.
In a press release today, AT&T boasted that it has added three additional cities to the list of areas where it will launch 5G service in 2018. The three new locations are Charlotte, NC; Raleigh, NC; and Oklahoma City, OK.
These cities join the three previously announced areas that will receive 5G: Dallas, Atlanta, and Waco.
AT&T promises that it will bring 5G mobile service to a dozen cities by the end of the year, which means there are six more locations that have yet to be announced.
However, AT&T curiously doesn’t mention anywhere in the press release that even when this 5G service officially launches no one will actually be able to access it, at least not with a smartphone directly.
Instead, AT&T is likely planning to launch a transitional product – probably in the form of a mobile hotspot – that will allow 4G devices to connect to the 5G network via Wi-Fi. It will be a clunky workaround, but it will allow select few people to experience what 5G speeds are really like before 2019 arrives.
AT&T’s announcement today is more about grandstand marketing than anything else. The company is in heavy competition with Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, as all four companies race to be the first carrier to launch a commercial 5G network. Whichever company does will get bragging rights (read: marketing clout) to say that it is the “first carrier with a 5G network.”
In other words: carry on, nothing to see here.