US telecoms giant AT&T Communications has announced that its 850MHz 5G network now reaches 290 million people in nearly 24,000 towns and cities across the US. The telco’s mid-band (3.7GHz) 5G network, meanwhile, covers 150 million people. Further, millimetre wave (mmWave)-based ‘5G+’ connectivity is available in selected parts of more than 50 cities as well as at nearly 70 venues and airports. In total, AT&T says that its mobile networks now cover more than 2.91 million square miles – an increase of 100,000 square miles in 2022.
In terms of fixed broadband access, AT&T’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network now passes 24 million locations – including four million business locations – in more than 100 metropolitan areas, and is on track to pass 30 million locations by the end of 2025. The telco notes: ‘Fibre is our foundation. In fact, we have so much fibre that you could stretch it to the moon and back three times. In 2022, we laid more than 60,000 miles of fibre in the US alone. All that fibre helps carry more than 594PB (petabytes) of data traffic on an average day, up 23% year-over-year.’
Finally, AT&T says that it increased coverage by more than 40% on federally recognised tribal lands in the two years from 2020–2022, which includes the Cherokee Nation in Kenwood, Oklahoma where people previously had to drive more than ten miles to get mobile cell service.
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