AT&T unveils ‘5G Evolution’ network in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett joined AT&T officials Wednesday as they unveiled the “5G Evolution” network.

The company said 5G Evolution will provide faster wireless speeds and an enhanced experience for customers.

In Indianapolis, and in select areas of Austin, Texas, 5G Evolution  is available on compatible devices. AT&T says the upgrades will enable download speeds which double 4G LTE speeds.

“We’re aggressively deploying equipment, investing in the right mix of spectrum and technology, and laying the foundation for our evolution to 5G while 5G standards are being finalized. We’re working with more than a dozen global technology companies to get 5G ready for deployment. We helped lead efforts to lock down some key components of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) wireless standards requirements by the end of 2017.  This new timeline will help with the development of chipsets needed for global 5G and the delivery of standards-based 5G mobile networks as early as late 2018,” the company said in a release.

“We’re excited to launch these new, faster, wireless technologies in Indianapolis as we march towards standards-based mobile 5G,” said Marachel Knight, senior vice president, Wireless Network Architecture and Design. “The upgrades in Indianapolis are crucial to the future of next generation connectivity in this city.”

AT&T worked closely with Indianapolis to ensure the infrastructure is ready to support the technology, which will be crucial for things like self-driving cars.

“Ongoing advancements in wireless technology are a crucial piece of the economic development puzzle,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.  “It’s tremendous that Indianapolis is leading the pack when it comes to the very latest in these kind of technologies, and a testament to our community’s vision and hard work.”