Lamont’s stated vision for a connected and cutting-edge Connecticut took a step
forward last week when he announced an important public-private partnership. On Monday, January 6,
2020, I joined the Governor, along with several other state and local
officials, at the South Norwalk Railroad Station to unveil planned enhancements
along the Metro North rail line — enhancements that will greatly benefit
commuters today and also lay the foundation for the next generation of
Specifically, the state has worked with AT&T to make its right-of-way along the rail line available for the expedited placement of small cells and related equipment. In turn, AT&T will use this access to install a series of small cell nodes. These wireless facilities will work in tandem with our existing network to provide better coverage and higher data speeds to customers using their devices while traveling on Metro North.
Our network enhancements will provide 4G LTE service today, which we can upgrade, via software, to 5G as that technology matures and customer demand calls for it. Consistent with Governor Lamont’s vision, AT&T remains committed to continue working closely with the newly created 5G Council, the Governor’s Office, and Connecticut’s Department of Transportation to enhance existing 4G LTE service and expand 5G to the state.
In fact, on November 22, 2019, AT&T announced that our 5G network will launch over low-band spectrum in several New England cities, including Bridgeport, CT.
Below you can read some media coverage about the Metro North announcement, 5G in Connecticut, and how it all will benefit commuters and customers.
President – AT&T Connecticut
"Lamont announces partnership with AT&T to expand cellular service on New Haven commuter rail line" in the Hartford Courant — Gov. Ned Lamont announced a new partnership with AT&T on Monday that aims to eliminate cellular service dead zones on the commuter rail line between New Haven and Manhattan and lay the groundwork for 5G service in the state.
"The next big thing: 5G technology begins to take root in Connecticut" in the Republican-American — With a new decade comes the next generation of wireless technology: 5G. Carriers already have debuted a slow version of 5G, which promises faster connection and download speeds, in some parts of Connecticut.