AT&T has confirmed that its millimetre wave (mmWave)-powered 5G network has achieved download speeds of 1.5Gbps in a live environment, following a software upgrade. The test was conducted in the field using a mobile form factor test device, AT&T notes. Gordon Mansfield, VP of Converged Access and Device Design, commented: ‘The advantage with having a live mobile 5G network is that we could test this upgrade in the lab and take it to the field within hours.’
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, on 21 December 2018 AT&T switched on a ‘standards-based mobile 5G network’ in selected parts of the following twelve cities: Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Louisville, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Raleigh, San Antonio and Waco. The 5G network has initially been offered to ‘select businesses and consumers’, while early adopters have to use the NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G mobile hotspot for connectivity.