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AT&T Wireless Networking Technology News

AT&T To Begin 5G Wireless Field Trials This Year (eweek.com) 43

AT&T will begin field trials of its 5G wireless technologies later this summer after conducting extensive lab development and testing with several partners in the second quarter of 2016. The company unveiled its 5G roadmap and testing plans in a Feb. 11 announcement as it continues to work on the creation of its next-generation wireless network across the nation.

When completed, 5G wireless systems are expected to deliver speeds 10 to 100 times faster than the average 4G LTE connections of today, according to AT&T. "New experiences like virtual reality, self-driving cars, robotics, smart cities and more are about to test networks like never before," John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president of AT&T technology and operations, said in a statement. "These technologies will be immersive, pervasive and responsive to customers. 5G will help make them a reality."
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AT&T To Begin 5G Wireless Field Trials This Year

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  • by whoever57 ( 658626 ) on Monday February 15, 2016 @12:48AM (#51509113) Journal

    I think we are talking less than a minute to use a month's data allowance.

    This is about increasing availability, more phones using the same tower, not speeds.

  • by Hadlock ( 143607 ) on Monday February 15, 2016 @01:00AM (#51509151) Homepage Journal

    My phone lasts for days sipping from 2G or Wifi. It goes about half a day on 4G.
     
    What is the battery life expected for a 5G device?
     
    Is 5G in the US the same as 5G in Europe/Asia/Wherever? Because my 2G works f-cking everywhere, it's great.

    • The 5G that AT&T and Verizon are suggesting as their 5G product, isn't even the same 5G that Samsung tested and helped write the standards for, let alone the same 5G as will roll out in Europe or the rest of Asia.

    • Because my 2G works f-cking everywhere, it's great.

      You really have your finger on the pulse of wireless technology don't you?

      • by Hadlock ( 143607 )

        When it's 2am in the bad part of Budapest (or Prague, or Bratislava, or Rome... or Bogota, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janiro, etc etc etc), you're a little too tipsy and you're not sure how to get home, it's REALLY nice to be able to turn on Google Maps and navigate you back to your hotel. 2G internet has helped me out of a jam in many a cities, many a hemispheres, many a timezones. It may be slow but at least it works when I need it to.

        • by AK Marc ( 707885 )
          If you find yourself drunk and lost in every city in the globe, perhaps the fix isn't better wireless, but fixing your alcoholism?
  • 5G wireless (Score:4, Funny)

    by Gravis Zero ( 934156 ) on Monday February 15, 2016 @01:12AM (#51509181)

    "5G isn't just about speed, it's how much you owe us for using it!"

  • by rossdee ( 243626 ) on Monday February 15, 2016 @01:24AM (#51509213)

    It works in a field but not inside a building

  • by jargonburn ( 1950578 ) on Monday February 15, 2016 @06:07AM (#51510027)
    Wait...is that before or after throttling?
  • "When completed, 5G wireless systems are expected to deliver speeds UP TO 10 to 100 times faster than the average 4G LTE connections of today, according to AT&T." ;-)

  • Between battery life and data caps, unless something changes radically on either front you'll have customers with a phone (and a plan) that burns out within the first few days of the month. Not to mention throttling.
  • Much more useful would be availability more of the time in more locations. Higher bandwidth occasionally in some places is for entertainment (and irritating even then) and isn't very useful for those other things to which AT&T is referring. In the old days, they complained about having to provide service in non-lucrative areas, now they just don't and say they did.
  • 1) low latency reliable connections
    2) simple data plans

    Nuf said

  • "These technologies will be immersive, pervasive and responsive to customers. 5G will help make them a reality."

    Immersive, pervasive, and responsive?!? F*** me, that sounds awesome. The future is now.

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