World’s First Standards-Based Millimeter Wave Mobile 5G Device To Be Available Exclusively on AT&T

The world’s first Standards-based millimeter wave mobile 5G Device, the NETGEAR Nighthawk® 5G Mobile Hotspot is to be available exclusively on the AT&T Mobile 5G Network.

AT&T successfully completed the world’s first millimeter wave mobile 5G browsing session with a standards-based device on a mobile 5G network on Thursday 25th October, 2018.

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“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 the service has brought customers has grown.

This past September, AT&T made the world’s first wireless 5G data transfer over millimeter wave connecting to standards-based mobile test equipment in Waco, Texas.

Thursday’s historic session was also completed in Waco, and 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 millimeter wave 5G network.

This 3GPP 5G NR standards based mobile 5G connection is made possible by AT&T’s mobile network leadership. And it’s supported by Ericsson equipment, NETGEAR’s device leadership and powered by the world’s first announced and commercial 5G NR modem with millimeter wave capability – the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X50 5G modem.

AT&T plans to reach at least 12 cities this year, with the device, 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.

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