Overseas Networks Dec. 19, AP reported that AT&T, an American telecommunications operator, announced that it would take the lead in launching mobile 5G network services in 12 cities in the United States on Dec. 21.
As soon as the news came out, an American netizen said, I dare say that the promise of improving data coverage for 5G is not true. AT&Ts first 5G mobile package costs $70 for 15GB a month. If the network speed really reaches 1.2 Gbps, it will not be two minutes to run out of traffic.
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Despite being the first crab eater in mobile communications in the United States, Andre Fuetsch, AT&Ts chief technology officer, said, We work closely with technology providers to achieve this 5G mobile milestone. Although the initial release scale is very small and limited, with the development of 5G ecological environment, customers will see the 5G coverage, speed and equipment increase. However, next years mobile 5G network distance will bring great convenience to ordinary netizens, there is still a long way to go.
According to TheVerge, the mobile 5G network launched by AT&T can only be connected through mobile hotspot, which has limited coverage, less than 5G network speed and is only available to some commercial users.
AT&T revealed that since December 21, customers will use the NETGEAR Nighthawk5G mobile hotspot service based on AT&T5G + network. 5G + is designed to provide mobile 5G experience over mmWave spectrum and provide users with mobile networks faster than standard LTE. The Verge reports that AT&T has not yet provided actual network speed estimates. The peak theoretical velocity of hot spots is 1.2 Gbps, but the actual velocity will be lower. AT&T also revealed earlier this month that its demo speed is only about 140 Mbps, three times faster than the standard LTE connection speed, but far less than the Gigabit speed promised by 5G.
AT&T also said that at present 5G services are only available in areas with low population density. It is reported that the first 12 pilot cities are Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Louisville, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, San Antonio and Waco, Texas. In the first half of 2019, AT&T expects to add seven more cities, namely Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose, California.
According to CNET, the US technology media, if American users want to truly experience mobile 5G, they will have to wait until 5G mobile phones are launched in the first half of 2019, because mobile 5G services currently rely on hot devices to connect to mobile phones and computers. New media Axios also said that because 5G smartphones will not be available until next year, AT&T mobile 5G network services can only be provided through hot devices, hot spots will allow other devices to access faster networks. According to USA Today, at present, users can not directly go to offline stores to purchase this hot equipment, but need to make reservations to AT&T official website. Subsequently, AT&T will set up two offline sites for commercial users and ordinary consumers.
AT&T Mobile 5G Network First Pilot 12 Cities
In addition, mobile 5G networks need to use matching traffic packages. AT&T plans to provide 90-day mobile hotspot devices and data traffic to target groups specific businesses and consumers free of charge. From next spring, users will have to pay an initial fee of $499 (about 3440 yuan) and a service fee of $70 (about 480 yuan) per month, with a monthly package flow of 15GB. This offer is much higher than that offered by Finnish 5G operators. According to the International Finance Daily website on December 15, Elisa, a Finnish Telecom operator, has officially announced a 5G commercial mobile network and launched the worlds first 5G mobile package. It charges 50 euros (about 400 yuan) a month for unlimited use of 5G traffic, with a maximum network speed of 600 Mbps, which can be used as soon as early as next year.
Compared with mobile 5G network, fixed broadband 5G network is more market-oriented than mobile 5G network. Verizon, an American Telecom operator, launched a fixed 5G network earlier this year, which provides 5G home broadband networks. But the monthly fee of $50 (about 345 yuan) to $70 has deterred users, and at the same time the network speed has not reached expectations.
CNET analysis said that at present, both fixed broadband 5G and mobile 5G are in a slow transition stage. AT&Ts mobile 5G is a useful but not mainstream service, while Verizons fixed 5G is to provide wireless home broadband services to customers, not mobile 5G in the strict sense.
The report further points out that the transition to 5G network is not an easy process. It needs to upgrade thousands of signal towers, update matching equipment technology, and users need to buy new 5G mobile phones. Each step can take years.
But the 5G era is coming, and foreign media generally believe that this has opened the 5G network propaganda scuffle in the United States. T-Mobile promises to implement a 5G pilot in 30 cities by 2018 and officially provide 5G services to customers in 2019; Sprint says it will launch 5G mobile phones in the first half of 2019; AT&T announces that it will launch two 5G smartphones next year, one in the first half and one in the second half.
Source: Overseas Network Responsible Editor: Yang Yi_NBJ10647