AT&T to deploy 5G services in 2018
AT&T (T) recently announced the addition of five more cities to its previously announced seven cities for its 12-city 5G (fifth-generation) service launch in 2018. The second-largest wireless network provider will unveil its mobile 5G service in certain parts of Houston, Jacksonville, Louisville, New Orleans, and San Antonio before the end of 2018. That’s in addition to Atlanta, Dallas, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Raleigh, Oklahoma City, and Waco.
It’s planning to deploy 5G services to 19 cities by early 2019.
Details of AT&T’s 5G network
AT&T’s 5G Evolution technology can reportedly deliver theoretical peak speeds of at least 400 Mbps (megabits per second) on capable devices, while LTE-LAA[1. Long-Term Evolution–Licensed Assisted Access] can provide speeds up to 1 Gbps (gigabit per second) on capable devices. 5G Evolution technology is live in more than 200 markets currently and is expected to go live in more than 400 markets by the end of 2018.
Its network will also be based on the newly accepted industry standard for 5G technology. Its standard will be based on the 5G NR (New Radio) guidelines specified by 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project).
AT&T is working with cutting-edge technology equipment manufacturers such as Ericsson (ERIC), Nokia (NOK), and Samsung to build its mobile, nationwide 5G network. The partnership with top-gear manufacturers could, in turn, enable AT&T to deliver on its promise of high-speed connectivity and low latency.
AT&T struggling to add customers
Like other pay-TV service providers, AT&T is facing a decline in its US pay-TV subscriber base. Rising consumer preferences for OTT (over-the-top) video streaming services instead of subscribing to cable or satellite TV is hurting the customer bases of traditional pay-TV companies AT&T, Comcast (CMCSA), and Charter Communications (CHTR).
AT&T lost 286,000 satellite TV customers and added 24,000 U-verse TV customers in the second quarter. In the same period, Charter lost 73,000 residential video customers compared to 91,000 net losses in Q2 2017. Comcast reported a loss of 136,000 residential video customers in the second quarter.