AT&T has achieved another milestone in the race to flip the switch on its commercial 5G network. The company has announced that it has successfully completed the first browsing session on a commercial-grade 5G hotspot device. The test was conducted in Waco, Texas. That’s one of the cities where the carrier says it will rollout the 5G network first. The device used was a Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot.
The mobile hotspot device will be available for use in 5G test regions later this year. AT&T hasn’t confirmed precisely when it’s going to be available and how much it’s going to cost.
AT&T, like other major carriers in the United States, has been carrying out tests on its 5G network. It completed the first 5G data transfer last month using test equipment. This is the first time that it has completed a browsing session using a device that customers will actually be able to buy.
The carrier plans to roll out its 5G network in 12 cities initially which will include Dallas, Atlanta, Louisville, New Orleans, Raleigh, and more. It will add 19 cities to the list in the coming year with cities such as Las Vegas and San Francisco getting it then.