AT&T Mobility has unveiled what it claims is the ‘world’s first standards-based millimetre wave (mmWave) mobile 5G device’ and has reported that it successfully completed the ‘world’s first mmWave mobile 5G browsing session’ in Waco, Texas late last week. The device in question – previously referred to as a ‘puck’ by AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson – is a NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G mobile hotspot. It is understood that the hotspot, which uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem, delivers a Wi-Fi signal for local users and utilises to AT&T’s in-deployment mmWave 5G network for connectivity. AT&T’s press release insists: ‘This is the first standards-based mobile 5G device in the world able to access a live mmWave 5G network.’
AT&T’s 5G network is expected to go live next month, with initial coverage of Waco, Dallas, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh and Oklahoma City. Next in line for 5G access (by end-2018) are parts of Houston, Jacksonville, Louisville, New Orleans, and San Antonio, followed by parts of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose in early-2019.