AT&T has recently revealed that it is planning to roll out its 5G Evolution in certain locations within the city of Minneapolis in the next few months. The second biggest mobile operator in the United States is specifically looking to deploy 256 QAM, 4 X 4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output), and 3 way carrier aggregation, especially in areas near the US Bank Stadium, the venue for the 52nd Super Bowl, which will be happening less than three months from now.
AT&T’s 5G Evolution offering is already made available in markets such as Austin in Texas and Indianapolis in Indiana. Before the end of this year, the major US wireless carrier is targeting to launch the service in 20 more new markets, including the aforementioned Minneapolis, where the highly awaited Super Bowl mega sports event will be held next year.
The company is quick to highlight the roles of 256 QAM, 4 X 4 MIMO, and 3 way carrier aggregation in facilitating faster connection speeds for mobile users, especially when combined with other new forms of wireless tech. To date, a number of recent high profile smartphone releases already come with support for those three technologies, including Samsung’s Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, Galaxy S8 Active and Galaxy Note 8, LG’s V30, and Motorola’s Moto Z2 Force Edition.
For the upcoming Super Bowl LII, AT&T is planning to introduce major upgrades to its distributed antenna system (DAS). The goal is to set up over 800 antennas inside the US Bank Stadium, a number that could already provide connectivity for the whole population of the City of Lakes. According to the carrier, it has increased the LTE capacity within the sports arena by over 150 percent as compared to last year’s.
Back in July earlier this year when 5G Evolution officially made its debut in the city of Indianapolis, AT&T had announced that it was planning to conduct further LAA (Licensed Assisted Access) trials in additional locations in or around the capital city of the state of Indiana, as well as the San Francisco area in California. Speaking of San Francisco, LTE LAA field testing conducted by the carrier last June had achieved initial connection speeds of over 750 megabits per second (mbps). Then around nine months ago during the annual Mobile World Congress event held in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain, AT&T showed that customers can experience wireless speeds of 1 gbps by combining LAA with 256 QAM, 4 X 4 MIMO, and 3 way carrier aggregation.
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