The 5G Evolution at AT&T is expanding to 117 new markets. This brings to 141 the total number of markets now offering the new wireless technology.
According to AT&T, 5G Evolution will provide data transfer speeds up to 400 megabits per second on compatible devices. While this isn’t yet compliant with the standard 5G specification, it’s getting closer. The carrier plans to use its interim protocol as a foundation for a true cellular 5G deployment before the end of the year.
Before the end of 2018, the No. 2 carrier in the U.S. hopes to expand 5G Evolution technology to over 500 markets.
5G Evolution capable devices currently include the Samsung Galaxy S8, S9, S8+, S9+, Note8, and S8 Active, plus the LG V30 and Moto Z2 Force Edition.
I would suggest we probably won’t be seeing standard 5G compatible devices from Apple until at least 2019. Historically, the iPhone maker waits until there’s a much larger footprint for a new wireless technology, both in the U.S. and elsewhere.