AT&T ramping up 5G deployment
On the same day that the White House announced a new directive to speed up 5G deployment…AT&T successfully completed the world’s first millimeter wave 5G connection to a standards-based device on a mobile 5G network.
The test was completed last night and we remain on track to be the first wireless carrier to introduce mobile 5G services in the U.S. - including Atlanta.
AT&T has announced plans to reach at least 12 cities this year – Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Louisville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Raleigh, San Antonio and Waco – and 19 cities in early 2019. And, they will announce additional markets individually as they make our mobile 5G network live locally.
This is a first step to you and me using 5G on our mobile devices.
“Today’s news is a seminal moment in the advancement of mobile 5G technology,” said David Christopher, president, AT&T Mobility and Entertainment. “This proves we are well on our way to the promise of mobile 5G for consumers.” In the 35 years since we launched the first commercial mobile phone service, the list of firsts we’re bringing our customers continues to grow. In September, we made the world’s first wireless 5G data transfer over millimeter wave connecting to standards-based mobile test equipment in Waco, Texas. Last night’s historic session was also completed in Waco, but this time the browsing session was on what will be a commercially available 5G device – the NETGEAR Nighthawk® 5G Mobile Hotspot. This is the first standards-based mobile 5G device in the world able to access a live millimeter wave 5G network. This 3GPP 5G NR standards based mobile 5G connection is made possible by AT&T’s mobile network leadership. And it’s supported by Ericsson equipment, NETGEAR’s device leadership and powered by the world’s first announced and commercially available 5G NR modem with millimeter wave capability – the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X50 5G modem We remain on track to be the first to introduce mobile 5G services in the U.S. on the NETGEAR Nighthawk® 5G Mobile Hotspot. We plan to reach at least 12 cities this year, 19 cities in early 2019 and will announce additional markets individually as we make our mobile 5G network live locally. We’re building our mobile 5G network on top of the best network in the United States.