Meet the new 5G network and learn how world’s fastest mobile network is being built. For that, AT&T expects the wireless 5G service to be 10 to 100 times more faster than the current average for 4G LTE data speeds. As of today, in India that too starting its leap in Kerala, Bharti Airtel has rolled out its 135Mbps 4G+ LTE-Advance. When compared to the 5G internet speeds, the LTE-A and 4G+ speeds are nothing. The US carrier network is expected to rollout across providers in 2020.
AT&T recently announced it will follow the same aggregation of what Verizon Wireless is to begin testing 5G, but it does mean for its ongoing rivarly with T-Mobile, Sprint and on. In a press release, AT&T revealed its plans to make an investment of almost $10 billion across the year. Expected $22 billion in overall capital investments for 2016, will be used to expand AT&T’s platforms and to create new solutions in more locations.
“Business is moving faster than ever and companies around the world need to be agile to quickly adapt to changing markets,” said AT&T Vice Chairman and Business Solutions & International CEO Ralph de la Vega regarding the decision.
AT&T goes 5G speeds now, according to The Wall Street Journal, the US carrier is by far being prepared to start testing its 5G network at some point in 2015, and as for that time, AT&T gas applied for an “experimental license” with the Federal Communications Commission, the telecom industry’s primary regulator. The license however should allow the company to conduct experiments using an early version of its forthcoming 5G technology, which follows a similar announcement from Verizon this fall.
With both Ericsson and Intel, AT&T will beging working in around Austin, Texas, for the first phase of its 5G experiments. While the AT&T’s first 5G experiments won’t involve wireless cellular technologies with which the standards are typically assosiated. Rather, be a part of its DirecTV merger agreement with the FCC. In the real world, AT&T will instead test the so-called “wireless broadband” services to potentially expand ultra-fast Internet service to rural communities via wireless 5G signals.
These 5G experiemts near Austin will help demonstrate how 5G equipment reacts to real-life impediments such as heat, rain, and wind, all the way provide valuable insights into how telecom carriers such as AT&T can optimally configure their eventual national 5G wireless networks. Notably, this news doesn’t actually mean consumers should expect 5G cellular access on their smart-mobiles and tablets anytime soon.
For starters, how the standards and protocols will set the stage for global 5G deployment is in question, which it requires countries, carriers, and wireless equipment makers to forge broad consensuses that can take years to fully determine.
In the U.S., the FCC proposed its initial 5G standards proposal in October, but the final official standards aren’t anticipated until 2018. Installing fully euqipped network protocols requires billions in capital expenditures from carriers, like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, will all be investing in the nationwide rollouts of the 5G standard.
AT&T has said it believes 5G speeds should offer at least a tenfold performance over today’s 4G LTE. Speed improvements are believed to be fundamental to support future growth drivers of the tech industry such as the Internet of Things, telemedicine, ultra-high-definition video streaming, self-driving automobiles, and more.
When AT&T will be rolling out its wireless 5G network service is unknown at the moment, but planning to begin its standard testing soon. Lab tests will begin in the current half in preparation of the field tests, which will be carried out in certain locations in Austin, Texas.
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