AT&T Mobility has confirmed that Charlotte and Raleigh in North Carolina, and Oklahoma City will all receive mobile 5G networks this year, joining the previously announced cities of Dallas, Atlanta and Waco. The telco’s press release reads: ‘We’re deliberately launching with a mix of big and mid-sized cities. One competitor [T-Mobile US] recently boasted “New York matters more than Waco” when discussing their future plans. We politely disagree – all Americans should have access to next-gen connectivity to avoid a new digital divide.’ Melissa Arnoldi, president, AT&T Technology & Operations, added: ‘We’re on track to launch the first mobile 5G services and deliver the first device to customers this year.’
In other news, AT&T deployed LTE-Licensed Assisted Access (LTE-LAA) connectivity in parts of eight new markets last week, namely: Austin, Dallas, Houston, Little Rock, San Antonio, San Jose, Tampa, and Tuscaloosa, taking the total number of LTE-LAA markets to 15. The network supports peak theoretical wireless speeds of up to 1Gbps on capable devices.