2 January AT&T is opening 5G service to users in a dozen cities this week, including Jacksonville January 2, 2019 By Laura Pavlus News AT&T, 5G, technology, telecom 0 Jacksonville Business Journal - December 20, 2018 - by Brian Womack - full article here AT&T is opening 5G service to users in a dozen cities this week, including Jacksonville AT&T customers will soon be able to access 5G speeds in parts of a dozen cities, including Jacksonville. The company (NYSE: T) is rolling out the service on next-generation networks, or 5G, on Friday, it said on its website Tuesday. The move comes after AT&T had long said it would offer the service by the end of 2018. “This is the first taste of the mobile 5G era,” said Andre Fuetsch, president of AT&T Labs and chief technology officer for AT&T, on the site. “You can expect us to evolve very quickly. It’s early on the 5G journey and we’re ready to learn fast and continually iterate in the months ahead.” The Dallas-based telecom is investing heavily in the new technology as it seeks to distinguish itself as the early player on 5G in the persistently competitive industry. The new networks promise speeds that will change how consumers – and especially businesses – use wireless technology. Folks initially won’t be accessing the zippier speeds directly onto smartphones, but instead on Netgear’s Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot. This device enables nearby gadgets – such as a tablet or laptops – to tap into the technology. The initial offer will deliver select businesses and consumers the device and 5G data usage at “no cost for at least 90 days,” the company said. In the spring, customers will be able to get the Nighthawk for $499 upfront, and will receive 15 gigabytes of data for $70 a month on a compatible plan with no annual commitment. As well as parts of the First Coast, AT&T said 5G is live in parts of Dallas; Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Houston; Indianapolis; Louisville, Ky.; Oklahoma City; New Orleans; Raleigh, N.C.; San Antonio; and Waco. In the first half of 2019, the company will deploy mobile 5G in seven more cities, including: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose, Calif. Related New Route Starts Service from Jacksonville International Airport Allegiant began flights to Louisville, Kentucky Friday and will begin flights to Norfolk Virginia June 14 with introductory rates as low as $54 one way. With the new routes, announced in April, Allegiant (Nasdaq: ALGT) will offer flights to eight destinations from Jacksonville. The two seasonal routes are expected to draw 6,000 visitors to the area each year. Jacksonville Competing in the Top of the Pack for Small Business Jacksonville placed 30th out of more than 100 major metropolitan areas in an American City Business Journals study of small business vitality across America. Incubating a Startup Scene: Creating a Vibrant Atmosphere for Tech and Biotech Firms to Grow in Jacksonville When Jim Stallings founded PS27 Ventures five years ago after retiring from IBM, his goal was simply to invest in and support local companies. Today, his incubator supports eight to 10 companies and employs full-time staff to help those companies vet their ideas, mature their product offerings, find new customers and more. “Five years ago, I wasn’t thinking that it would be like this, but it’s really evolved,” said Stallings. Though PS27’s days as the only incubator in town are numbered, it’s not worried about finding companies in the future. With a full pipeline of companies looking to enter its program – including several from outside of Northeast Florida – PS27 is quadrupling its footprint so it can support more startups at a time. Companies Continue to See the Cost Savings and Advantages of Moving Jobs to Jacksonville “We can have a hard time attracting people to New England because of the cost of living, tax rates and weather,” he said. “But Jacksonville is very attractive for all three. It has a good labor pool, and we want to hire professional people and pay good wages.” Jacksonville's Office Market Benefited from a Strengthening Economy as Job Creation Continued "With a growing population and a strengthening economy, both national and local businesses look to Jacksonville as a top-tier market for operations," said Colliers, which represented Gramercy Woods in the Aetna transaction. Entrepreneur with Clay County Ties Forms Deal with Visit Jacksonville JACKSONVILLE – A former Fleming Island entrepreneur has formed a new partnership with Jacksonville’s tourism agency. Zachary Schwartz’s mobile app intoGo is now the official app for Visit Jacksonville, the agency that helps welcome more than 20 million visitors each year to Jacksonville and the region. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.