AT&T 5G Network Coming to Austin and Indianapolis, Offering 400Mbps Speeds

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While the launch date remains unknown, two lucky cities in Indiana and Texas will be the first to get “5G.” If you’re wondering why I wrapped that in quotes, it’s because the network will “only” hit 400Mbps—that is much slower than true 5G, which is supposed to reach 1Gbps.

AT&T has further elaborated on its 5G plans and will be paving the way for the next-gen tech in the US with an initial rollout of what it is calling “5G Evolution” in Austin and Indianapolis. What is 5G Evolution? Basically, its the name of a new high-speed network that is supposed to reach top speeds of around 400 Mbps. This isn’t quite ‘real’ 5G, which is said to hit 1Gbps with ease, but it is a push in the right direction. AT&T says this is just the beginning and that it will continue to do special tests of its 5G technology in the months to come. AT&T also claims that this network could even potentially reach the gigabit range by the end of the year.
 

ThatsAgood1jay

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Really ATT? can't roll this out in your home Market of Dallas? I'm gonna pee on the side of your building on my afternoon walk today.
 

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So if you run for 400mbs, you will hit your throttle cap of 5 gig in under 2 min....
It doesn't look like AT&T charge for overage anymore, but they do slow your data to 128kbps once you hit your plan's cap. But hey, those 2 minutes of full speed data will be glorious!
 

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Just like when '4G' was announced it was waaaaaaay slower than it should be. Now we are barely hitting those speeds and they are trying to pry in 5G.
 

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Just like when '4G' was announced it was waaaaaaay slower than it should be. Now we are barely hitting those speeds and they are trying to pry in 5G.
I'm hoping that once the towers have excess capacity, they'll start relaxing the plan limits.
 

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Ahh, so like with the technologies before it, we're going to allow them to play loosey goosey with the term "5G." Thus, the real 5G will likely be called 5G LTE or some shit.
 

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Once every new mobile supports it, the useable bandwidth will be a fraction.

4G, rinse, repeat
 

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I wonder if my grandfathered plan will cover "5G" as I have truly unlimited 4G LTE right now.

There are no truly unlimited 4G LTE plans with AT&T. Old unlimited plans get slowed after 22gb. If you have some unlimited plan from a carrier that AT&T bought, it is not going to work with 4G LTE. IF it does, it's because you haven't been caught yet or haven't switched phones.
 

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There are no truly unlimited 4G LTE plans with AT&T. Old unlimited plans get slowed after 22gb. If you have some unlimited plan from a carrier that AT&T bought, it is not going to work with 4G LTE. IF it does, it's because you haven't been caught yet or haven't switched phones.
Well I have T-Mobile and so far they've never throttled me. I've got AT&T for internet and I know that throttles.
 

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Well I have T-Mobile and so far they've never throttled me. I've got AT&T for internet and I know that throttles.

T-Mobile will throttle if you don't have unlimited. They used to throttle me so hard I thought I was on a Nokia brick phone.
 

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While the launch date remains unknown, two lucky cities in Indiana and Texas will be the first to get “5G.” If you’re wondering why I wrapped that in quotes, it’s because the network will “only” hit 400Mbps—that is much slower than true 5G, which is supposed to reach 1Gbps.

AT&T has further elaborated on its 5G plans and will be paving the way for the next-gen tech in the US with an initial rollout of what it is calling “5G Evolution” in Austin and Indianapolis. What is 5G Evolution? Basically, its the name of a new high-speed network that is supposed to reach top speeds of around 400 Mbps. This isn’t quite ‘real’ 5G, which is said to hit 1Gbps with ease, but it is a push in the right direction. AT&T says this is just the beginning and that it will continue to do special tests of its 5G technology in the months to come. AT&T also claims that this network could even potentially reach the gigabit range by the end of the year.

The reason that they will only be able to support up to 400 Mbps is because they don't have all of their towers outfitted with enough antenna and radio frequency bandwidth to reach 1 Gbps. The would have to repurpose frequencies already being utilized by other technologies such as 850 MHz being used for UMTS and 700, 1900, 23000 MHz being used for 4G LTE. They will need more spectrum to reach 1 Gbps. 5G may also bring transmission efficiency gains that could help in reaching that goal. It takes a lot of time and money to upgrade a vast cellular infrastructure.
 
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