According to AT&T, it has proceeded to deploying commercial its LTE Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) offering in a number of locations within downtown Indianapolis. Before the end of this year, the second biggest wireless carrier in the United States is looking to continue rolling out LAA in other downtown areas in the same metropolis. For AT&T subscribers based in downtown Indianapolis who happen to own Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, they might be delighted to know that they will now be able to take full advantage of LTE LAA on their phablet devices.
As pointed out by Jeff Kobs, spokesperson for AT&T, the state capital of Indiana is the first city in America to be the beneficiary of the first commercial roll out of AT&T’s LTE LAA tech. In the next few weeks, more cities should experience the same. LAA is considered by many as one that will play an essential role in fostering new wireless technology, and may even be critical in ushering in the 5G era, wherein gigabit class connection speeds are commonplace.
The city of Indianapolis is one of several urban areas targeted by AT&T’s 5G Evolution initiative, which aims to make full use of wireless technologies such as 256 QAM, 4 X 4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output), and 3 way carrier aggregation in building the foundation for a full 5G offering. Other cities included Austin in Texas, and as revealed just this week, Minneapolis in Minnesota. Back in June earlier this year, AT&T had joined forces with tech giant Ericsson in facilitating live LAA field testing in downtown San Francisco in California. The trial was able to achieve connection speeds of over 750 mbps, with the major US wireless carrier even claiming that top mobile speeds went as high as 979 mbps.
AT&T may be busy rolling out new wireless technologies, but it appears that some of its subscribers across the country are having trouble making phone calls. After news of the outage broke, the major US mobile operator was quick enough to address and acknowledge the issue. According to its official statement (delivered by way of Twitter), the problem can be resolved by restarting one’s handset, and if it does not work on the first try, customers are welcome to try again.
According to a report recently published by Reuters, outages were experienced by AT&T subscribers in several cities in America, including New York, Houston, and San Francisco. Based on data provided by DownDetector.com, there were over 6,000 incidents reported by 6 PM EST. Of these 6,000 cases, 31 percent involved issues with mobile devices, while 44 percent were related to Internet connectivity problems.
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