AT&T to Begin Field Trials of 5G This Year With Speeds 10-100X Faster Than 4G LTE

AT&T to Begin Field Trials of 5G This Year With Speeds 10-100X Faster Than 4G LTE

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AT&T has announced that it will begin field trials of 5G this year in collaboration with Ericsson and Intel. The company plans to work on 5G solutions in the lab starting in Q2 and perform outdoor tests over the summer. Field trials to deliver 5G to fixed locations in Austin will begin before the end of the year.

We expect 5G to deliver speeds 10-100 times faster than today’s average 4G LTE connections. Customers will see speeds measured in gigabits per second, not megabits. For reference, at one gigabit per second, you can download a TV show in less than 3 seconds. Customers will also see much lower latency with 5G. Latency, for example, is how long it takes after you press play on a video app for the video to start streaming on your device. We expect 5G latency in the range of 1 to 5 milliseconds.

“New experiences like virtual reality, self-driving cars, robotics, smart cities and more are about to test networks like never before,” said John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer and Group President, AT&T Technology and Operations. “These technologies will be immersive, pervasive and responsive to customers. 5G will help make them a reality. 5G will reach its full potential because we will build it on a software-centric architecture that can adapt quickly to new demands and give customers more control of their network services. Our approach is simple – deliver a unified experience built with 5G, software-defined networking (SDN), Big Data, security and open source software.”

AT&T says it will offer compliant commercial deployments of 5G once standards are set. 3GPP is expected to complete the first phase of that process in 2018.

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AT&T to Begin Field Trials of 5G This Year With Speeds 10-100X Faster Than 4G LTE

AT&T to Begin Field Trials of 5G This Year With Speeds 10-100X Faster Than 4G LTE
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Mannnie dun yippie! - February 14, 2016 at 11:27am
Is iclarified even going to remove this spam or is this like not monitored, like at all?
crz6662 - February 13, 2016 at 6:42pm
So full of shit....I'd be happy if they'd just give us 4G LTE at the advertised speeds......
Average Reviewer - February 12, 2016 at 6:14pm
Can't wait for my phone speeds to be faster than my home wifi because that means my ISP will be forced to up the standard. I think Verizon is planning the same thing so I'm super excited for this.
F_K_Face - February 12, 2016 at 5:47pm
More speed, faster data cap. Don't increase the speed. Stop throttling.
MUKAI - February 12, 2016 at 4:20pm
Lies, they also do throttling and they are simply updating. Tmobile is doing the same thing secretly but with a bigger deal.
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