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AT&T to roll out 5G network by end of 2018

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Following 3GPP's recent approval of 5G network standards (opens in new tab), AT&T has announced its plans to roll out a 5G network in a dozen markets by the end of 2018. 

The telecom had previously announced its “5G Evolution” network last year though this was a not a true 5G network and only users with either a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 plus could take advantage of the increased speeds that it claimed were twice as fast as its own 4G network.  

AT&T (opens in new tab) has yet to reveal any significant details regarding its upcoming 5G network besides the fact that it will be based around 3GPP's new standards.  Currently the availability, speeds and expected release date of the new network are unknown but it still reassuring to know that the US telecom is making the preparations necessary to launch a next generation network. 

AT&T will also continue to improve the coverage of its current LTE network as well as its 5G Evolution networks this year. 

5G is still a ways off from being commercially available though momentum for the new network is building fast.   

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Anthony Spadafora
Anthony Spadafora

After getting his start at ITProPortal and then working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches to how to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.