The 5G race is heating up at home and abroad. Verizon is due to launch its commercial mobile 5G network in less than two weeks and its rivals in the country are also expected to follow suit soon. AT&T, the second largest mobile carrier in the country, has said that its mobile 5G network has hit speeds of 1 gigabit per second in live conditions, that is to say this wasn’t a test in a lab with controlled conditions.
AT&T claims that it is the first carrier in the United States to reach mobile 5G speeds in excess of 1 gigabit per second. The company adds that this milestone was achieved on its live 5G network in multiple cities with a commercial device, the Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot to be precise.
With this type of speed, it would be possible to download a 2 hour HD movie in just 20 seconds. AT&T says that it will continue to test and roll out the latest 5G technologies to customers on its network so that they can experience the “latest and greatest versions of 5G.”
South Korea will most likely get the title of being the first country in the world with commercial mobile 5G networks. After Verizon announced its April 11th date, South Korea is now pushing to achieve commerical launch of its mobile 5G networks in the first week of April.