AT&T Unveils 5G Roadmap In 2016

Posted: Feb 12 2016, 1:18pm CST | by , Updated: Feb 12 2016, 1:43pm CST, in News | Technology News

AT&T Unveils 5G Roadmap In 2016
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  • AT&T is about to start testing a virtual 5G network!

According to AT&T 60 percent of mobile traffic in 2015 came from streaming videos on its network.

We’ve known AT&T has been working on a possible 5G network for years. The time for AT&T to get serious about its 5G technologies is here.

AT&T is teaming up with Ericsson and Intel to speed up the lab development of the 5G tech. AT&T wants to move to testing by the second quarter of the current year. AT&T also hopes to carry out outdoor testing by summer 2016.

According to AT&T 60% of its mobile traffic in 2015 came from video streaming. So AT&T has decided the time to move forward with its 5G plans is here.

AT&T also revealed technologies such as virtual reality, 4K video, robots, Internet of Things and self-driving cars are rising. Such emerging technologies will be even more demanding in the future, so AT&T needs to keep up. The 5G network by AT&T will help make all the technologies a reality.

“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 also revealed the 5G internet could be about 10 to 100 times faster than LTE. It means the download will be going gigabits per second.

The 5G network will even be able to start streaming videos much faster. Let’s presume the 5G network will download videos just 1 to 5 milliseconds from the moment you press play.

5G will first be tested in some parts of Austin, Texas by AT&T. The tests will be conducted in such a way the network will be deployed commercially as soon as 5G standards are set. However the entire process may take some time and the network may not come until 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.”

“As early 5G development and trials get underway, industry collaboration is necessary to implement new network architectures and prepare for commercial availability,” said Aicha Evans, corporate vice president and general manager of the Intel Communication and Devices Group.

“At Intel, we know that working with partners like AT&T and Ericsson is essential to bringing faster and more efficient wireless networks that will bring new and richer experiences to our lives.”

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