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AT&T’s 5G Technology has Come to Downtown Dallas PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 November 2018 06:43

The company introduced the next generation of wireless technology in the home of its headquarters, according to a post by Kevin Petersen, senior vice president of Device and Network Experiences, AT&T Mobility and Entertainment, on the company's website. It made its first live 5G network connection in North Texas using a Netgear Nighthawk 5G Hotspot.

“We’re working quickly to make mobile 5G a reality this year,” Petersen said in the post that went up last week.

The initial 5G network build is in and around the Klyde Warren Park area, a company spokesman said separately in an emailed statement to the Dallas Business Journal. It’s a popular spot near the Dallas Arts District and downtown that features open spaces, a garden and spaces for food trucks.

Don’t expect to see a lot of folks accessing the new network speeds at the park. This kind of technology needs new devices, and AT&T has said they're coming this year.

The Netgear Nighthawk 5G Hotspot was announced last month. It enables other gadgets, such as computers or tablets, to access the new speeds.

The North Texas effort followed a mobile connection in Waco in late October.

AT&T is investing in 5 G technology that promises huge speed gains that are shaking up the industry. The company had said earlier this year that a dozen cities, including Dallas, would get 5G access before the end of 2018. Indianapolis, Houston and San Antonio are among those other cities.