AT&T: Our 5G Network Will Be 100 Times Quicker than LTE
AT&T today revealed its plans to test and eventually deploy 5G wireless technology, which it says will offer performance 10 to 100 times faster than today's LTE. AT&T is working with Ericsson and Intel to test 5G in its labs during the second quarter of the year, with field tests to follow over the summer months. AT&T and its partners hope to offer some level of 5G service to "fixed locations" in Austin before 2016 comes to a close. They will use technologies including millimeter waves, network function virtualization (NFV), and software-defined networking (SDN) to guide their path. AT&T claims 5G will deliver speeds measured in gigabits per second, not megabits, and latency will drop to 1 to 5 milliseconds. AT&T says 5G will be ideal for bandwidth-hungry applications, as it will support multiple radio interfaces and make better use of spectrum via SDN and NFV. The International Telecommunications Union and 3GPP have not defined what 5G will actually be, and AT&T said it expects the trials will help guide its recommendations to the ITU and set what may become part of the standard. The standards bodies aren't expected to complete the basic spec for 5G until 2018, with the standard reaching final form in 2020. AT&T believes its work on 5G now will allow it to deploy 5G in large scale when the technology is ready. In the mean time, AT&T will continue to evolve its LTE 4G network to meet the growing demands of customers.
AT&T Not Waiting for 5G Standard, to Offer Consumer Trials
AT&T today laid out more of it is roadmap for 5G and brazenly said it is moving forward despite the lack of standardization for 5G. "We're not waiting until the final standards are set to lay the foundation for our evolution to 5G," said John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president, Technology and Operations.
ITU Targets 20 Gbps for 5G Specification
The International Telecommunications Union today released a draft report for what might eventually become the 5G specification. IMT-2020 is the working name for the 5G standard and the ITU has laid out a basic framework it wants to see technology companies meet.
T-Mobile to Begin Testing 5G Later This Year
T-Mobile will commence trials of 5G technologies with partners Nokia and Ericsson during the second half of the year, says Nokia. The companies plan to use the 28GHz band for testing, which is one of the bands proposed for 5G usage.
Verizon Looking to Be First to Deploy 5G
Verizon Wireless wants to stay ahead of the curve and be among the first to launch fifth-generation (or 5G) wireless network technology. The company plans to begin field tests at its Innovation Centers, which are dedicated sandboxes for testing apps and services, located in San Francisco and Waltham, Mass., at some point in 2016.