4. AT&T announces 5G is here now. Like, now now.**
The “First to 5G” victory tour just started… and will continue forever in AT&T commercials. The Dallas-based telecom and media mountain made a surprise reveal Tuesday that its 5G (the jacked baby of 4G wireless cell service) is already here in parts of 12 US cities (read them here. Congrats, Louisville).
**But you can’t use it yet… The test 5G service is available for VIPs only so that AT&T can see how the network performs before the masses connect. Here’s the rollout plan:
- Starting Friday: Select users can try 5G by connecting their phone to a Netgear Hotspot device
- In a few months: The Hotspot device goes on sale for a cool $499 and requires a monthly $70 plan add on
- By the summer: AT&T will offer the first 5G-ready smartphone, a Samsung (Apple’s won’t be ready until 2020).
The Takeaway: What's your 5G strategy?... 5G will replace “the cloud” as the buzzword of the next 5 years that everyone’s business model is built around. Connected cars, connected devices, and connected pets will all rely on 5G. The telecom-glomerates behind the service are banking on it.