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AT&T launches 5G in 28 markets with DSS

01 July 2020 | Melanie Mingas

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AT&T has launched its 5G network in 28 additional markets across the US, bringing 5G services to more than 160 million people across 355 markets in the country.

According to the carrier, some of these markets are the first to experience dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) technology, which has been enabled to allows carriers to share the same channel between both 4G and 5G users simultaneously.

Through DSS AT&T said it can deploy 5G “faster and more efficiently” to help more customers take advantage of 5G technology. The firm said such technology helps create an intelligent and robust network for customers.

“DSS is an important steppingstone on our path to nationwide 5G,” said Igal Elbaz, SVP of wireless and access technology.

“We were the first US carrier to deploy this technology in our network, and it's now playing an important role as we work toward a nationwide 5G footprint this summer,” Elbaz added.

This month, AT&T’s former CTO John Stankey, will take on the role of CEO, following the retirement of Randall Stephenson after 13 years in the role. The company’s board of directors has also said it will elect an independent director as its chair when Stephenson retires as executive chairman in January 2021.

Meanwhile AT&T last year entered into a definitive agreement with Liberty Latin America, to sell its wireless and wireline operations in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands for US$1.95 billion.

The firm is also engaged in a public private partnership with the federal government to build and operate FirstNet, a nationwide wireless broadband network for first responders.