Most broadband service providers transmit data through fiber optic cables, but installing those cables often mean digging trenches, which could take some time. AT&T, however, has different ideas -- instead of using fiber optics, it is thinking of taking full advantage of radio signals in sending data.
Of course, this is what the major US wireless carrier’s Project AirGig is all about. First announced a year ago, the core concept of AirGig is to transmit data by way of antennas set up along power lines, not only in urban markets, but also in suburban and even rural regions across America.
This should come as welcome news for subscribers of AT&T (check out our 2017 review of the carrier) who are planning to go abroad during the upcoming holidays -- the second biggest wireless carrier in the United States has decided to update its Passport international data roaming packages. Travel happy customers can now avail of unlimited text messaging plus a gigabyte of data by making a one time $60 payment. For those who want more data, they can choose to get the 3 gigabyte option, which fetches for twice the price ($120).
After having conducted tests on base stations and antennas in the 28 GigaHertz band in a number of markets in the country, the second biggest wireless carrier in America is now ready to expand the trials to the 37 and 39 GigaHertz bands. Indeed, AT&T is looking to hold the expanded testing in cities such as Waco in Texas, Kalamazoo in Michigan, and South Bend in Indiana.
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.
C Spire Wireless has recently introduced a new promotional deal that doubles the data allotments of two of its existing mobile plans. The carrier’s $40 a month plan used to come with 3 gigabytes of data every month, but that data allowance has been bumped up to 6 gigabytes. As for the company’s $55 a month option, the previous 8 gigabytes of data has been boosted to 12 gigabytes.
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.
The two biggest wireless carriers in America are teaming up in order to enter into a joint venture with Tillman Infrastructure. The main objective of this joint venture is to set up hundreds of new cellular towers that both Verizon Wireless and AT&T can take full advantage of later on, especially once the build out is completed.
Cricket Wireless, the prepaid brand of AT&T, has recently announced that beginning on November 5th, it will be adding more data to its most in-demand mobile plans. As stated in its official press release, the high speed data buckets for users with the carrier’s $30 a month plan will be adjusted automatically to 2 gigabytes of data from the previous 1 gigabyte. As for the $40 a month plan, what was once 4 gigabytes of data will soon become 5 gigabytes.
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