AT&T has recently announced that it is planning to introduce mobile 5G offerings in three specific new markets in the United States before the end of this year. These three new markets are Atlanta in Georgia, and Dallas and Waco in Texas. Dallas should be a no brainer considering that the second biggest wireless carrier in the country currently has its official headquarters in the Big D. Atlanta is also not a surprising choice, due to the fact that the capital city of Georgia also hosts a major AT&T corporate center. As for Waco, some may remember that more than a couple of months ago, AT&T had conducted its biggest mobile 5G trial in the city, in collaboration with home and lifestyle company Magnolia.
Right at the start of this year, AT&T had revealed that it was looking to make its mobile 5G service available to a dozen markets across America some time in 2018. At the time of its announcement, the company did not specify which markets were getting 5G exactly, but with this latest development, AT&T’s subscribers (especially those based in Atlanta, Dallas, and Waco) now have something to look forward to.
The 5G service that will be offered by AT&T is based on 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) standards, unlike the pre-standard fixed wireless type that industry leader Verizon Wireless is currently preparing to launch. Moreover, AT&T will be using the 39 GigaHertz spectrum. The major US mobile operator, however, will not stop there -- it happens to enjoy a wealth of spectrum holdings, and it will likely expand to other bands when the time comes.
In other related news, AT&T had to deal with some bad news with regards to the carrier’s defense of the United States Justice Department’s lawsuit to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner. Judge Richard Leon, who is handling the case, has rejected the mobile operator’s request to gain access to communications among the White House, the attorney general, and the Justice Department’s antitrust division. The trial will be held next month.
In its argument, AT&T stresses that the US Justice Department is unfairly targeting the carrier because President Donald Trump does not like CNN (owned by Time Warner). Even before being elected to the highest office in America, Trump had already promised to block any potential merger between Time Warner and AT&T. According to Judge Leon, however, AT&T and Time Warner were not able to sufficiently show that the Justice Department was indeed selectively targeting AT&T.
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