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The 10 Biggest 5G News Stories Of 2020 (So Far)

Gina Narcisi

From the country’s largest carriers building out their 5G networks to intervention from the FCC and the U.S. government, here are ten of the biggest news stories in the 5G world that made the news so far this year.

AT&T Expands 5G Footprint

Carrier giant AT&T is leaning heavily on 5G as a way to stay competitive in 2020. The Dallas-based provider has been diligently expanding its low-band 5G rollout, which is now present in 35 U.S. cities. AT&T in June brought 5G to 28 new U.S. markets, including Austin, Dallas, Maui, Miami, Orlando, and Salt Lake City. The carrier also said that Dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS), a method that lets operators roll out 5G more quickly by sharing spectrum resources between LTE and 5G based on network demand, is also live in parts of some of the markets in which AT&T 5G is present. The low-band spectrum, which AT&T employs for its 5G network, can travel further and wider than high-band spectrum, but speeds are typically slower as a result.

AT&T in March joined forces with Google Cloud to enable the delivery of 5G networking and edge computing services to enterprises via Google’s Global Mobile Edge Cloud (GMEC) strategy. AT&T‘s 5G network covers more than 179 million people today, according to the company.

 
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Gina Narcisi

Gina Narcisi is a senior editor covering the networking and telecom markets for CRN.com. Prior to joining CRN, she covered the networking, unified communications and cloud space for TechTarget. She can be reached at gnarcisi@thechannelcompany.com.

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