AT&T has announced that starting this Friday, December 21, they will enable 5G network support in twelve cities. The rollout, which has been essentially all of 2018 in the making, does have its caveats but that isn’t stopping Ma Bell. The US carrier becomes the first in the country to roll out 5G support using standards-based 5G.
“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 twelve cities that will see 5G first are Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Fla., Louisville, Ky., Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Raleigh, N.C., San Antonio and Waco, Texas. In addition, in early 2019, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose, California will see support.
There are some catches to all of this news however. First and foremost, if you want to take advantage of the 5G network, you have to have an Netgear Nighthawk 5G hotspot. This is one of the first millimeter 5G device on the market. It will initially be available to select businesses and consumers for 90 days. When it goes to general availability in the Spring of 2019, it will be $499. You will then be able to get 15GB of data for $70 on compatible plans.
Yeah, it’s spendy.