AT&T successfully completed the world’s first mmWave mobile 5G browsing session with a standards-based device on a mobile 5G network last night.
“Today’s 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 their customers continues to grow. In September, AT&T made the world’s first wireless 5G data transfer over mmWave connecting to standards-based mobile test equipment in Waco, Texas.
Last night’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 mmWave 5G network.
This 3GPP 5G NR standards based mobile 5G connection is made possible by AT&T’s mobile network leadership. And it is supported by Ericsson equipment, NETGEAR’s device leadership and powered by the world’s first announced and commercial 5G NR modem with mmWave 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. AT&T plans to reach at least 12 cities this year, 19 cities in early 2019 and will announce additional markets individually as they make their mobile 5G network live locally.
Additional information on the NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot will be available later this year.