The Winter Solstice will have additional meaning this year for AT&T, which will become the first company in the United States to offer a mobile 5G device over a commercial, standards-based mobile 5G network.
“This is the first taste of the mobile 5G era,” said Andre Fuetsch, president, AT&T Labs and chief technology officer. “Being first, you can expect us to evolve very quickly. It’s early on the 5G journey and we’re ready to learn fast and continually iterate in the months ahead.”
The standards-based mobile 5G network will be turned on in parts of 12 cities: Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Fla., Louisville, Kentucky; Oklahoma City, New Orleans, and San Antonio and Waco, Texas.
In the first half of 2019, the carrier plans to deploy mobile 5G in parts of these 7 additional cities: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose, Calif.
“As the ecosystem evolves, this technology will ultimately change the way we live and conduct business,” said Mo Katibeh, chief marketing officer, AT&T Business. “We expect that our initial adopters will be innovative, growing businesses. They’re the starting point for what we think will be a technology revolution like we’ve never seen before.”
Early adopters will be the first to experience the NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot on the mobile 5G+ network. 5G+ is built to provide a mobile 5G experience over mmWave spectrum, offering users a faster mobile experience than standard LTE. 5G+ will start out in dense urban areas, but users outside of 5G+ network coverage will be able to access AT&T’s 5G Evolution in 385 markets on the NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot.