AT&T announced back in 2016 that it would begin testing its “5G Evolution” network technology throughout the year, leading into 2017 and with a launch of some kind to the public beginning in 2018.
And it turns out that the Big Blue network is going to stick to that loose timetable. Announced today, AT&T plans on launching the first public element of its 5G Evolution network in Minneapolis, Minnesota just in time for Super Bowl LII. That will take place on February 4, 2018.
That move certainly makes sense, considering the upcoming “Big Game” will happen in U.S. Bank Stadium in the same city on the aforementioned date. 5G Evolution will go live in Minneapolis, as well as areas around the stadium. It’s also worth noting that while AT&T is branding this 5G, as are the other major networks in the United States for their equal technologies, it is not true 5G.
5G Evolution will hike speeds for consumers with supported devices, though, thanks to three-way carrier aggregation, 256 QAM, and other technologies. Unfortunately for Apple fans, the devices that support the necessary tech to actually take advantage of 5G Evolution don’t come from that company.
The supported devices as of now, which shouldn’t change before the February 4 date, are:
- Samsung Galaxy S8
- Samsung Galaxy S8+
- Samsung Galaxy S8 Active
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- LG V30
- Motorola Moto Z2 Force Edition
Now that AT&T has a launch date, the other wireless carriers should be announcing their own 5G moves as well.
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