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AT&T brings 5G technology to Puerto Rico

AT&T brings 5G technology to Puerto Rico

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AT&T has added 5G to 28 additional markets including Puerto Rico and a number of US states.

Some areas of the new markets are using dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS), in which the same channel can be used for 4G and 5G.

The majority of the launches are in Florida (four markets), Puerto Rico (seven markets) and Texas (five markets).

Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Utah have one market each, while Minnesota has two – one wholly within the state itself and another that crosses into North Dakota.

The spectrum sharing capabilities of DSS enables carriers to offer 4G and 5G according to demand. This is designed to create a seamless experience for customers, while increasing spectrum use efficiency and creating an intelligent and robust network, according to AT&T.

“DSS is an important stepping-stone on our path to nationwide 5G,” said Igal Elbaz, AT&T’s Senior Vice President of Wireless and Access Technology.

“We were the first U.S. 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.”

Earlier this year, AT&T said it was deploying 5G in 137 additional U.S. markets. This brought the company’s total to 327 markets covering more than 160 million people.

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