AT&T Launches Mobile 5G Service in 7 More Cities


Such milestone is only a marketing opportunity until customers can actually buy 5G-enabled smartphones/other mobile devices, or can access networks with sufficient coverage. In March, AT&T revealed it had achieved 1 Gbps on its live mobile 5G network using the Netgear Nighthawk hotspot. The only AT&T-compatible device the company sells is a 5G mobile hotspot by Netgear, which smartphones can connect to and experience 5G speeds.

In a press release today, the nation's second-largest wireless carrier AT&T announced that it is switching on 5G service in seven new cities: Austin, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Nashville, TN; Orlando, FL; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; and San Jose, CA. But of course, there are caveats involved in this, which, while disappointing, should perhaps come as no surprise considering how barebones 5G still is.

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"This is the first taste of the mobile 5G era", Fuetsch said previous year. AT&T said at the time that its early 5G deployments would be small and limited, indicating that only some parts of the cities mentioned would be covered by the 5G mobile network, and that device availability would be limited. AT&T said it is the only mobile carrier to offer mobile 5G service to businesses and consumers, well ahead of its competitors such as Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint.

"We spent the early part of this year accelerating and advancing our 5G network with early adopters by our side". It's working with "some of the most innovative companies in the world" to offer new experiences that are only possible with 5G connections. It's certainly promising, sure, but there are a number of issues left to resolve before the new standard begins phasing out LTE networks.