AT&T officially announced that the company will turn on its 5G mobile network on Friday, Dec 21 for the public in 12 cities around the U.S. These cities include Atlanta, New Orleans, Charlotte, Raleigh, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Louisville, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Waco, Texas. It is important that Verizon launched its first 5G network at the start of 2018 as a home broadband replacement. But, 5G network of AT&T will be more traditional to mobile wireless networks.
The Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot of Netgear will be the first device for the mobile hotspot network. The company has already announced that it will have 2 Samsung 5G phones next year. The first one will be presented in the first half of the year and other in the second half. AT&T will have a tempting deal for early adopters of the new technology similar to Verizon, offering the hotspot and data for free to “select” consumers and business users for “at least” 90 days.
Users that are in the 5G areas will not be able to walk into a store or order the new device online. They will need to visit the website of AT&T to express their interest in getting the new device and network. The company will have 2 sites set up, one for business users and one for general consumers. AT&T is currently building 2 mobile 5G networks and they will work together. It is known as millimeter wave or mmWave and sub-6 GHz.
The previous network is perfect for faster speeds in less dense areas and one of them will be launched on Friday. The other will come out next year and it will cover larger areas. Some of AT&T’s first 5G devices, such as the first Samsung phone will not support both technologies. The second Samsung phone will be able to work with both 5G technologies.