AT&T was way early with its 5G network trials back in 2016
, and is planning to launch a commercial 5G service
this year in 12 markets across the US. Don't expect to lift up your fall season iPhone or Galaxy, and make a call over the 5G ether, or download a movie in seconds, though.
AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson clarified in the conference call to investors while discussing the carrier's quarterly results
, that the first 5G devices will be "pucks," or mobile wireless routers of sorts, rather than phones. The 4G LTE rollout started in a similar manner a few years ago, when carriers provided pucks and dongles for laptops, rather than 4G phones, and this time won't be different, it seems.