AT&T Picks Indy as 7th Mobile 5G City

Jeff Baumgartner
8/31/2018

AT&T has identified Indianapolis as the seventh of a dozen cities it plans to launch mobile 5G services in this year.

While AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s focus there is on mobile 5G, Indianapolis also factors into Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)'s plans to deploy a 5G-based fixed wireless service this year. Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and Charter Communications Inc. are among the incumbent cable operators in that market. (See Indy Is Verizon's 4th Fixed 5G City and 5G Fixin' to Become 'Largest Existential Threat' to Broadband Providers Analysts.)

AT&T noted that Indianapolis is also a "5G Evolution" market, which refers to locations where the company has deployed wireless speeds that can deliver at least 400 Mbit/s on supported devices. Indy is also a city where AT&T has rolled LTE-LAA technology that's equipped to deliver theoretical speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s, the company added.

AT&T, which claims to have spent about $425 million in Indianapolis on its wired and wireless networks, has also announced plans to unleash mobile 5G in Atlanta; Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C.; Oklahoma City; and Dallas and Waco, Texas.

Ahead of smartphones with 5G capabilities, AT&T will start off with a 5G-capable "mobile puck" device. (See AT&T Expects Mobile 5G in 'Parts' of 12 Markets by Year's End and AT&T's 'Mobile' 5G: What the Puck?)

The company recently named a veteran executive, Jeff McElfresh, to head up the company's 5G efforts. (See Jeff McElfresh Is New Face of 5G at AT&T.)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Senior Editor, Light Reading

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Michelle
Michelle
8/31/2018 | 2:08:46 PM
to the mattresses!
This is a really interesting development. I wonder how these two 5G services will compete with brodband. Do they intend to compete on price? It would be fantastic if this deployment drove down the cost of consumer broadband.