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AT&T, Charter Experimenting in Los Angeles With 5G Using 28 GHz Spectrum

The mobile carrier asked the FCC for permission to demo 5G in the 28 GHz band during June's SHAPE event

BURBANK, Calif. — AT&T has asked the FCC for permission to demonstrate 5G in the 28 GHz (millimeter wave) band during the SHAPE event, set for June 2–3 at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif.

The SHAPE conference is described by AT&T as “an immersive event exploring the convergence of technology and entertainment.” Attendees will discover how the cutting edge of content creation and distribution will usher in a new era of audience experiences, according to

AT&T plans to use a “puck” as a mobile hot spot device, with using millimeter wave connectivity back to their network, in the initial for mobile 5G deployments, which will be in Atlanta, and Dallas and Waco, Texas. Last January AT&T said it would offer 5G services based on the 3GPP non-standalone 5G NR specification in more than 12 markets by the end of 2018, although the carrier has only identified the three aforementioned markets, according to the same article.

Also, Charter, the second-largest cable operator in the US, is undertaking more fixed 5G tests in Los Angeles, reports

Charter has been approved for an experimental 28 GHz license using 25 antennas in Los Angeles for the tests, which could start as soon as early April and run until October. The outdoor tests will utilize fixed transmitters with a 1 km or smaller effective radius, using 28 GHz equipment from Ericsson AB.