The 5G network AT&T is expected to reach a national coverage this summer, according to John Stephens, the company’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, during an update for the shareholders on the subject of the new wireless technology fast data.
The 5G network to cover 120 million people by the end of the first quarter, and currently covers more than 160 million people in 327 markets.
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“While many of us have been working from home for the last three months, AT&T’s network team has continued to build and test our network so that we can exit this season stronger, more than 5G of coverage for our clients across the country,” said Chris Sambar, vice president of Technology Operations. “If this is you return to work, to school, or back to play, we’ve got you covered with the fast-speed wireless in the nation.”
Stephens said AT&T has increased beyond 80% at the completion of the project, FirstNet build: 1.3 million FirstNet subscribers in over 12 000 branches.
The fifth generation, or 5G, technology is the latest development in wireless phone services since 4G has become the worldwide standard, starting in 2009. Before 4G, there was 3G and 2G and so on.
With each new generation of wireless technology comes-to-date infrastructure and technology developments in terms of what wireless services may be achieved within a select interval of time. 5G is expected to help the artificial intelligence (AI) technology becoming ever more sophisticated and useful in the daily lives of consumers.
The 4G technology, which is what the Big Four mobile phone companies — Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint — use today, allows users of smartphones to connect to the internet at fast speeds through the radio waves that transmit signals between phones and cell phone towers. The 4G is the reason for complex, innovative applications such as Uber, Dropbox, Office 365, Instagram Direct, Snapchat and Slack exist.
The different aspects of the 5G are estimated to be between five and 100 times faster than the 4G because it uses more of radio frequency.
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The quality of 5G service, therefore, is also expected to be better in general, the meaning of the service will have a period of less and less and the ability to use applications that require a fast internet connection, such as ride-sharing and video streaming apps, will come easier for those who live in rural areas, which struggle with connection because of complications related to the broadband infrastructure, which requires a cable connection.
The higher frequencies for 5G service, which may contain a significant amount of more data in them, are made possible thanks to a new infrastructure that is more complicated than the 4G infrastructure. 5G will not only require the use of cell phone towers as the 4G, it will also require antennas to be put up in neighborhoods across the country and likely to be in the vicinity of buildings, as well as more and more satellites in space.