In a race to bring 5G wireless to the US, AT&T just announced they’re adding three more cities joining three cities which were already announced including Waco and Dallas, Texas and Atlanta. Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina and Oklahoma City join the three previously mentioned as AT&T promises 6 more will be announced by the end of 2018.
AT&T is in a race with the other top carriers in the US including T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint and AT&T’s announcement today gives them bragging rights, for the time being.
The real testament, which US carrier will make 5G wireless into a reality for commercial use. All four of the top US cell carriers are trying to be the first US carrier to feature 5G mobile connectivity with plans of seeing the first 5G enabled smartphones in Q1 of 2019.
AT&T is planning on launching a mobile hotspot that will allow users to connect their 4G devices to a 5G network via Wi-Fi as early as later this year. We’re not expecting to see blazing speeds at first as the connection itself will be clunky at best, but it will allow a select few users to take 5G wireless for a test-drive.
Currently, there are no smartphones that will be able to connect to any 5G wireless network. The AT&T announcement goes on to state that even when the 5G wireless network is launched, smartphones will not be able to connect directly.
Smartphone connectivity to 5G won’t come until early next year, and it’ll be interesting to see if AT&T tops the other 3 carriers for 5G wireless connectivity.