Carrier AT&T revealed 5G roadmap. Testing starts as early as Q2.
5G is the next big upgrade for wireless mobile networks. The rollout is planned for 2020 bringing new levels of data transfer rate (10 to 100 times faster) and strong flexibility to support a wide range of devices including IoT.
Carrier AT&T has revealed their plans for 5G technology. The outdoor tests will begin this summer. AT&T plans field trials of 5G technologies providing wireless connectivity to fixed locations in Austin, Texas before the end of this year.
“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 collaborates with Ericsson and Intel on 5G. The standards for 5G are not finalized yet. The international standards body 3GPP is expected to finish the 5G standards by 2018.
“AT&T’s 5G field trials will play an important role in ensuring rapid and wide-scale adoption of this next generation mobile technology,” said Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Radio, Ericsson. “5G will impact the entire mobile network – from devices to access and core to cloud – and open up exciting new IoT applications for consumers and industry, so Ericsson is enabling AT&T to move beyond 5G lab tests to gain a greater understanding of 5G’s potential in their own network environments and markets.”
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As with each new mobile technology, the race is one between Asia and the rest of the world. The South Korean government already said in 2014 that they want to lead the 5G revolution.