If you live in Atlanta, you may soon have access to faster, more reliable mobile broadband service. As explained by The Verge, Atlanta has been selected as one of three U.S. cities to receive AT&T’s new 5G broadband coverage.
The telecommunications and mobile services company first announced plans to develop a 5G network last year. This wasn’t true 5G, however. Rather, it was an upgraded version of AT&T’s Long-Term Evolution (LTE) service. This wasn’t necessarily AT&T’s fault. At the time, the specifications for 5G hadn’t been released. It wasn’t until December 2017 when the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) released the specifications. Following this news, AT&T announced plans to develop 5G service in the United States.
Along with Atlanta, Dallas and Waco will also receive 5G coverage during the initial rollout. AT&T says a dozen U.S. cities in total will receive 5G by the end of the year.
5G is the fifth generation of telecommunications standards used on mobile networks and wireless systems. Ever since 1G was released in the 1980s, a new generation of standards has been released about once every 10 years. The current generation, 4G, is a significant improvement over its 3G predecessor. It’s up to ten times faster, with average speeds clocking around 20 Mbps to 50Mbps.
However, you can expect even faster speeds with 5G. While there’s no way of telling exactly how fast 5G will be until it’s actually rolled out, a spokesperson for the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) says 10 Gbps to 20 Gbps is likely for the next-generation standards. Additionally, 5G will offer improved coverage, support for a more devices, improved reliability and more.