AT&T successfully completed the world’s first millimeter wave mobile 5G browsing session with a standards-based device on a mobile 5G network last week.
“This news is a seminal moment in the advancement of mobile 5G technology,” said David Christopher, president, AT&T Mobility and Entertainment. “This proves we are well on our way to the promise of mobile 5G for consumers.”
In the 35 years since AT&T launched the first commercial mobile phone service, the list of firsts they are bringing to their customers continues to grow. In September, AT&T made the world’s first wireless 5G data transfer over millimeter wave connecting to standards-based mobile test equipment in Waco, Texas.
Last week’s historic session was also completed in Waco, but this time the browsing session was on what will be a commercially available 5G device – the NETGEAR Nighthawk® 5G Mobile Hotspot. This is the first standards-based mobile 5G device in the world able to access a live millimeter wave 5G network.
This 3GPP 5G NR standards based mobile 5G connection is made possible by AT&T’s mobile network leadership. It is supported by Ericsson equipment, NETGEAR’s device leadership and powered by the world’s first announced and commercial 5G NR modem with millimeter wave capability – the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X50 5G modem.
AT&T remains on track to be the first to introduce mobile 5G services in the U.S. on the NETGEAR Nighthawk® 5G Mobile Hotspot. The plan is to reach at least 12 cities this year, 19 cities in early 2019 and then announce additional markets individually, as the mobile 5G network is made live locally. The mobile 5G network will be built on top of the best network in the United States according to GWS OneScore, Sept. 2018.
Additional information on the NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot will be available later this year.