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AT&T's 'Indigo' 5G to Kick Off In Austin and Indianapolis

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Feb 1, 2017, 2:25 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

AT&T today said it plans to test some of its 5G network technologies, with peak speeds of 400 Mbps, in Austin and Indianapolis beginning later this year. The company has been testing a handful of next-generation network technologies for several year snow. AT&T said it will continue to densify its network and deploy technologies like carrier aggregation and LTE-License Assisted Access to boost speeds to 1 Gbps. AT&T is calling its evolving 5G platform AT&T Network 3.0 Indigo, or Indigo for short. "We see Indigo as the third generation of modern networking," said John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president, Technology and Operations. "Indigo is our term for a world where it isn't just your connection speeds that are accelerating, but every element of the network becomes more seamless, efficient and capable. It is a living, evolving, upgradeable platform. Think of Indigo like the operating system on your phone. We’re taking that model to the network." Indigo will rely on a handful of elements, including Big Data, artificial intelligence and machine learning, cybersecurity, and software-defined networking. Earlier this week, AT&T said it plans to test Centralized RAN, AirGig, G.fast, and Fixed Wireless Internet technologies using mmWave spectrum.


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Feb 2, 2017, 4:37 PM

More Limited Data

How much you want to bet that AT&T will only allow limited data options on this new network being tested. I thought LTE was supposed to be one of the drivers for big data, at least have the capacity and speed to allow wireless, and low latency, near real-time transfers that blows 3G out of the water. Now it seems companies are saying 5G will be, yet none of them have said, "this will allow real unlimited use" when the few standards we know about it seem to indicate its possible.
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