AT&T, world-renowned telecom network operator, has launched its 5G network today. Though 5G phones aren’t available yet as of now, it can still be used with Netgear’s Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot. The device is capable of rendering its Wi-Fi network to nearby phones, laptops, and tablets.
AT&T’s 5G network will work in certain parts of the following cities: Indianapolis; Atlanta; Jacksonville, Florida, Louisville, Kentucky; New Orleans; Charlotte, North Carolina; Dallas; Houston; Oklahoma City; Raleigh, North Carolina; San Antonio, Texas; and Waco, Texas. In a race to be the leading telecom provider worldwide, AT&T has gone on to equal Verizon to be one of the foremost 5G providers in the world.
Is 5G affordable?
AT&T says that its 5G internet services will be free of cost for the first 3 months only for ‘selected customers’. This is on account of the promotions and for users to test the effectiveness of the network speeds. Post the 3 month period, the hotspot would cost $499 and a 15 GB plan of 5G data would cost $70.
Expansion on AT&T’s clock
In the first half of 2019, AT&T plans on expanding to cities such as Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose, California. Though this seems very exciting, the reality is that none of the first 5G devices will work across different carrier 5G networks anytime soon.
GlobalData analyst, Avi Greengart says,
“Even if you go to your carrier, buy a 5G phone for their network, and the 5G network is being deployed in your area, you still might not actually get 5G until it gets installed on your block. Given the challenges, I just don’t expect network coverage saturation in 2019.”
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