FirstNet is the wireless network used by first responders and AT&T is upgrading their system in response to their FirstNet contract. AT&T will be physically upgrading towers in over 500 markets.
“We have to climb every cell site to deploy the FirstNet architecture,” he said. “As we’re climbing every single cell site, putting somebody on every single tower, we will be, by virtue of carrier aggregation, standing up all of the spectrum in our portfolio. We now have, with FirstNet, 60 megahertz of fallow spectrum. As people are up on the tower, we’ll be launching the carriers to stand up all of that spectrum, put all that spectrum to use. It’s really important; we call that 5G Evolution.”
At this time AT&T has not announced all the markets that will be getting the speed upgrade. Though 500 markets will mean that the vast majority of AT&T subscribers should see a speed jump this year.
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