Earlier today AT&T announced that they are launching 5G internet in parts of New York City using the 5G millimeter wave to mobile. This brings AT&T’s total number of 5G cities to 21.
“As a densely-populated, global business and entertainment hub, New York City stands to benefit greatly from having access to 5G, and we’ve been eager to introduce the service here,” said Amy Kramer, president, AT&T New York.
“While our initial availability in NYC is a limited introduction at launch, we’re committed to working closely with the City to extend coverage to more neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs.”
Kramer added, “While we are pleased to take the first step today in NYC, we maintain that the City is in critical need of a strategy that allows wireless carriers to add capacity where it’s most needed – particularly in densely populated and trafficked areas – in order for 5G to reach its full potential for our customers.”
AT&T also announced that they will start rolling out 5G broadly over sub-5GHz networks in the coming months with plans to be nationwide in the first half of 2020.
AT&T offers a 5G with a hotspot device from NETGEAR and a Samsung S10 5G phone to use on its 5G network. This new 5G NETGEAR Nighthawk hotspot will allow AT&T customers to access 5G internet through the AT&T network.
Verizon is already offering 5G home internet in a handful of markets including Houston Texas. In these markets, Verizon is offering 300+ Mbps down internet with no data cap and no device fees for $50 a month for Verizon customers and $70 for non-Verizon customers.
AT&T plans to offer 5G services for $70 a month for 15GB of data. For now, this is just AT&T’s mobile 5G internet we will have to wait and see what AT&T does with their home internet plans in the future. Is 5G Necessary Right Now?