LOOKS LIKE 5 G GOING LIVE IN 2019
AT&T Mobility has confirmed that its long-awaited 5G mobile network is now officially up and running and will be made available on a commercial basis from 21 December. Described as a ‘standards-based mobile 5G network’, the network utilises millimetre wave (mmWave) frequencies and is operational in selected parts of the following twelve cities: Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Louisville, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Raleigh, San Antonio and Waco. In the first half of 2019 AT&T expects to deploy mobile 5G in parts of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose.
AT&T says that the 5G network will initially be offered to ‘select businesses and consumers’, while early adopters will have to use the recently-unveiled NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G mobile hotspot for connectivity.
Sprint commits to 5G services, devices by late 2019
Sprint is getting into 5G too.
The wireless carriers can't stop talking about the next generation of wireless technology, which promises to be faster, more responsive and able to handle connected devices without breaking a sweat. T-Mobile has committed to building out a nationwide 5G network before anyone else, and Verizon and AT&T are planning to roll out trials of 5G as a home broadband service.
It's no surprise that Sprint wants to get in on the action. The company said Wednesday that it will work with its parent, Japanese carrier SoftBank, and with chip giant Qualcomm to develop 5G technologies using its 2.5 gigahertz band of spectrum and an early version of the 5G standard.
Sprint said it plans to provide commercial services and devices by late 2019.
The carrier is just the latest to tout its move into 5G. While there's a lot of chatter about the technology, analysts warn that it's still years away due to the lack of access to sufficient higher-frequency radio waves, which are necessary to offer super-high speeds.