5G is certainly a trend, but its introduction to the public market has been slow at best. Whether it’s the fact that wireless carriers don’t have the infrastructure or that products lack the capacity to access it, 5G is still waiting for that major breakthrough. Well, it appears that the first barrier has been broken; AT&T has announced it is the first US mobile carrier to reach mobile speeds of greater than 1Gbps.
In a press release from the company, they point out that these speeds are “equivalent to downloading a 2-hour HD movie in 20 seconds.” This was made possible thanks to the use of NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot. Additionally, there was a technological advancement that allowed multiple 100MHz carriers to essentially co,bine.
There is still a possibility that the carrier will bring even faster speeds, as the possibility of aggregating LTE and 5G services into a single connection is an option.
According to Engadget, this service is unfortunately still limited. Not only is it available only in 12 cities, but you also “need an invitation to buy the Netgear hotpot [and] even then, the router’s WiFi isn’t fast enough to guarantee peak speeds.”
5G is still around the corner, but with breakthroughs like these, the light at the end of the tunnel seems to be getting closer.