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AT&T is second U.S. operator to launch 5G

AT&T is second U.S. operator to launch 5G

AT&T is coming in just under the wire on fulfilling a promise it made in September to launch a mobile 5G network.

At the moment, there is only one device that is certified for use on AT&T's 5G network, and that's the Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot. Presently, AT&T will provide its 5G service in Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Louisville, Ky., Oklahoma City, Jacksonville, Florida, New Orleans, Raleigh, San Antonio and Waco, Texas. A spokesperson for the company told CRN that AT&T will be initially communicating directly with businesses in the mobile 5G areas to educate them on the power of 5G and invite them into this initial offer.

The era of 5G is upon us, and you know what that means.

AT&T said Tuesday morning that its mobile 5G network is live now in 12 U.S. cities, with its Nighthawk 5G hotspot to be available this Friday, but for "early adopters" only. 5G+ will start out in dense urban areas, but if you're outside of 5G+ network coverage you'll be able to access the nation's best network and 5G Evolution in 385 markets on the NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot. In early 2019, 5G will also come to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose, CA. The sub-6GHz network strikes a different balance – better coverage, slower speed (still faster than LTE, though).

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However, once this limited phase of "trial testing" is completed, regular AT&T customers will be able to purchase the hotspot for $499 upfront (there is no mention of installment plans) with a service cost of $70 per month for 15GB of data.

"We're still a couple of years away from "real" 5G though".

AT&T is hence set to win the 5G race in the United States which has been getting complicated in recent months.

The first 5G-enabled phones should arrive early next year (starting with a Samsung Galaxy) and they wont support both network types.