By Chris Sambar, EVP – Technology Operations, AT&T
You just want it to work. Your phone. Your laptop. Your video game console and your streaming service. The firefighter or EMT answering an emergency call in your neighborhood. These connections matter.
We power these connections, from wireless to fiber to first responders. It’s a unique privilege and responsibility, and we’re constantly investing in those 3 networks to keep them on the leading edge.
Following a 6-week voluntary pause and the implementation of additional precautionary measures to allow the Federal Aviation Administration and aviation industry to complete evaluations, today’s introduction of C-Band spectrum begins turbo-boosting our 5G wireless service with our newest AT&T 5G+ service1. 5G+ is faster and more responsive for the most demanding apps and services, from gaming to streaming to video conferencing. As developers and creators invent amazing new online apps and services, 5G+ will make it all feel near seamless.
Building the ecosystem of the future
The key thing to understand about C-Band is that it provides a great combination of ultra-fast speeds and wide geographic coverage.
AT&T 5G already reaches more than 255 million people in more than 16,000 cities and towns, and AT&T 5G+ (using mmWave) is live in parts of more than 40 cities and nearly 30 stadiums and venues. C-Band spectrum complements those existing capabilities perfectly. Today’s introduction begins in limited parts of 8 metro areasacross the U.S. It will expand rapidly as our thoughtful and efficient deployment ramps up throughout the year.
With 17 C-Band-capable devices already available online and in our stores, you can start seeing those speeds today. And how will you know if you are in an area with the C-Band or mmWave technology? You’ll see an indicator that simply shows “5G+.” To see if your device supports AT&T 5G and 5G+ you can go to att.com, use the site search at the top to find your device, and check the wireless technology details for more info.
Fast with fiber
Wireless is only part of the equation, though. Fiber is also the true backbone of wireless, as it connects 5G cell towers back to the internet. Where fiber goes, fast wireless follows. You’ll hear our competitors tout their 5G, but none of them have the fiber footprint we do – or plans to build one.
More than 5.7 million customers already subscribe to AT&T Fiber at their homes and businesses. Our super-fast upload and download speeds enable the connectivity needs of our customers, which is why we continue to invest across the country. Last year we built fiber to 2.6 million new customer locations– the equivalent of nearly 300 connections per hour of every day. We’re proud to be part of one of the largest communications infrastructure projects in our country’s history.
Being the best connectivity provider also means serving a critical role for America’s first responders. Every day, our teams are not only adding 5G and fiber locations to our footprint, but also expanding the FirstNet®, Built with AT&T+ network. FirstNet is the only purpose-built, nationwide wireless broadband communications platform built with and for America’s first responders.
Supporting these 3 advanced networks is what we do at AT&T. C-Band is the latest technology, but the mission is the same one we’ve had for more than 140 years – powering the connections you count on most.
1AT&T 5G requires compatible plan and device. 5G not available everywhere. 5G+ is offered in limited locations in specific cities. Wireless technology varies by device. Go to att.com/5Gforyou for details.
+FirstNet and the FirstNet logo are registered trademarks and service marks of the First Responder Network Authority. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.
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