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AT&T's 5G mobile network launches on December 21 in a dozen cities

By Shawn Knight
Dec 18, 2018
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  1. AT&T on Tuesday said it has activated its mobile 5G network in parts of 12 cities across the country. The network won’t be available to use until December 21 and even then, only on a very limited basis. Here’s everything you need to know.

    The first dozen cities to get AT&T’s 5G network include Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Dallas, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, Louisville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Raleigh and Waco. In the first half of 2019, AT&T plans to expand the service to parts of Las Vegas, Nashville, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Francisco, San Diego and San Jose.

    AT&T through an “initial offer” will invite select businesses and consumers to try out its 5G network. Customers will get complementary service for at least the first 90 days. After that, the requisite Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot will cost $499 and service supplying 15GB of data will command $70 each month. There’s no annual commitment, AT&T said.

    Verizon launched a 5G home broadband service in four cities earlier this year.

    An AT&T spokesperson told The Verge that the hotspot will offer peak theoretical speeds of 1.2 Gbps although “actual speeds will be lower.” At a conference earlier this month, the carrier demoed a 5G network with speeds that topped out around 140 Mbps.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,389   +3,779

    LOL .... at those prices I rather doubt they are going to be swamped with new subscribers, but time will tell !!!!
     
  3. kevbev89

    kevbev89 TS Maniac Posts: 186   +167

    I'm totally hyped.

    I'm on COX and they periodically increase your bill WITHOUT telling you. A lot of ISPs have a monopoly over neighborhoods because it is too late and too expensive to lay fiber optics.

    And just for reference I'm paying $99/month for 300Mbps...and often have service interruptions.
     
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,160   +1,413

    This is pretty cool. Yes it sounds like a speed that isn't all that fast - not compared to our home broadband anyway, but this looks like the first real tech that might replace our home broadband. It is a bit annoying to pay for internet at home and with a data plan.

    If this starts to pull customers away from using home broadband (we'd need pretty high data caps for that - to be sure), then it'll put the squeeze on cable companies and we'll see lower prices.

    5G doesn't need to be $40/month. it could be $100/month, and that'll be cheap enough to be less than your cell provider + home broadband. Welcome to Cord Cutting 2.0.
     

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