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    Question Las Cruces NM gets 5G but a big city like Albuquerque doesn't?

    Why would AT&T give 5G to a place like Las Cruces, way down south by El Paso, and not provide it in a place like Albuquerque or Santa Fe? Many towns to the east of Albuquerque on I-40 also get 5G. I don't understand.


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    Quote Originally Posted by skyhawk214 View Post
    Why would AT&T give 5G to a place like Las Cruces, way down south by El Paso, and not provide it in a place like Albuquerque or Santa Fe? Many towns to the east of Albuquerque on I-40 also get 5G. I don't understand.


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    Sites in some areas are ready before others.

    It’s like AT&T launching 5G in random parts of rural Northern Oklahoma, but not in Oklahoma City.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BentleyBeard View Post
    Sites in some areas are ready before others.

    It’s like AT&T launching 5G in random parts of rural Northern Oklahoma, but not in Oklahoma City.
    What constitutes a site being ready? AT&T has an excellent network in Albuquerque.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyhawk214 View Post
    What constitutes a site being ready? AT&T has an excellent network in Albuquerque.
    From what I've heard from their engineers, it could be something as simple as tower climbers that haven't been scheduled in certain areas yet due to availability. Situations like that can bring out builds in certain areas that make zero sense while it seems like other areas are being neglected

    A little off topic but when I see las cruces, sadly I always think about the bowling alley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyhawk214 View Post
    What constitutes a site being ready? AT&T has an excellent network in Albuquerque.
    5G-NR ready equipment is required. It’s not just about it the network is good or not.

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    Does AT&T have band 5 in Albuquerque? They might have the 5G equipment installed and ready to go, but may be waiting on DSS to go live on band 2 before they will turn up 5G NR.

    The same thing is happening in Ohio. Rural areas in places like Holmes, Wayne, and Ross counties (literally farmland and Amish country) have 5G NR turned up on band 5. But larger cities like Cleveland and Toledo do not yet have 5G -- even though the equipment appears to be there based on the "5Ge" moniker being enabled -- because AT&T doesn't have a band 5 license in those areas.


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    Las Cruces NM gets 5G but a big city like Albuquerque doesn't?

    Quote Originally Posted by blkballoon925 View Post
    Does AT&T have band 5 in Albuquerque? They might have the 5G equipment installed and ready to go, but may be waiting on DSS to go live on band 2 before they will turn up 5G NR.

    The same thing is happening in Ohio. Rural areas in places like Holmes, Wayne, and Ross counties (literally farmland and Amish country) have 5G NR turned up on band 5. But larger cities like Cleveland and Toledo do not yet have 5G -- even though the equipment appears to be there based on the "5Ge" moniker being enabled -- because AT&T doesn't have a band 5 license in those areas.
    I hadn’t thought to even check. AT&T does not hold any CLR/850MHz licenses in the Albuquerque area, per the FCC.

    They will have to wait for deployment of n2.


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    I assume in some cases, it's also going to be based on exactly how new the hardware is; old enough? No 5G without a tower visit. New enough? Some of the 4G equipment within last 4 or 5 years with software defined radios and such is software upgradable to 5G, so it'd be a matter of updating the software if it's not up to date, and fiddling with some software settings to turn off 5mhz of LTE or whatever's on band 5, and turn the 5mhz of n5 on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyhawk214 View Post
    Why would AT&T give 5G to a place like Las Cruces, way down south by El Paso, and not provide it in a place like Albuquerque or Santa Fe? Many towns to the east of Albuquerque on I-40 also get 5G. I don't understand.


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    pretty easy. at&t is doing lowband 5G over 850 MHz( band 5 ) At&t doesn't own any band 5 in Albuquerque. Verizon owns both blocks

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