NetComm Wireless has announced that it will be partnering with an AT&T subsidiary on an initiative to improve fixed-wireless broadband across regional areas of the United States, with the carrier also announcing the launch of its 5G Evolution network across Indianapolis, reports ZDNet on July 13, 2017 .
According to NetComm Wireless, which also supplies fixed-wireless equipment to Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), it will supply AT&T with outdoor wireless antennas enabling connectivity speeds of at least 10Mbps to under-served premises across 18 states.
AT&T and NetComm Wireless have already deployed their first phase of fixed-wireless throughout the states of Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Microsoft earlier this week similarly announced that it would use the unused channels between television broadcasts, or white spaces, to improve regional access to broadband for 2 million people across New York, Texas, Washington, Virginia, Michigan, Maine, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Both of these comparatively low-cost rural broadband solutions follow Google Fiber being forced to halt its rollout of fibre across Los Angeles, Dallas, Tampa, Jacksonville, Portland, Phoenix, San Diego, San Jose, and Oklahoma City at the end of last year due to financial difficulties.
AT&T’s mobile network, meanwhile, has seen its 5G Evolution upgrade launched in Indiana after the carrier made the service available in Austin, Texas, earlier this year.
The network will be rolled out to 20 metro areas by the end of 2017, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston,Chicago, Atlanta, and Nashville.
The 5G Evolution networks involve upgraded cell towers with LTE-Advanced technologies including 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM), 4×4 Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO), and 3x carrier aggregation.