AT&T® has announced that it is expanding the fixed wireless 5G trials into three new cities in the U.S. This extension of trials will complete by the end of the year that enables the Telco to roll out its next generation cellular network in the country. As the best internet provider in the nation, AT&T’s new set of trials will help it to develop 5G networking technologies quickly than its competing firms.
The 5G trials will involve the carrying out of numerous testing of a high-speed broadband service. This will utilize radio signals to home or businesses such as the millimeter wave, which are high-band wireless airwaves. The trials will also enable numerous participants to take part in testing the network. This will allow them to directly stream the DirecTV Now® service offered by AT&T® through a 5G network. Moreover, this will also allow them to experience minimal lag periods in heavy applications such as video conferring and virtual reality gaming.
AT&T® is currently carrying out its trials in Austin, which will further expand to include Texas, Waco, Michigan, Indiana, South Bend, and Kalamazoo by this year’s end. The Telco also intends to enhance the number of participants designated for the network trials and this includes many of the small businesses, universities, restaurants, and churches in the areas. One of the primary goals of the trials is in determining whether the millimeter wave spectrum can propagate through the buildings and foliage.
Moreover, the trials will also include conducting various studies to determine the effect of weather on the network. AT&T® intends to roll out the 5G service in selected cities by the year 2018. The trials also feature the participation of other major telecommunication firms from around the world such as Ericsson, Nokia, Intel, and Samsung Electronics.
Marachel Knight, AT&T’s Senior Vice President for Wireless Network Architecture and Design said, “Taking our fixed wireless 5G trials out of the lab and into the real world helps us learn important factors about mm-wave and 5G. And in doing so, we’re learning how to better design our network for the future.”
Besides AT&T®, Verizon® is also conducting 5G fixed trials across eleven cities in the nation and is hoping to roll out the service by 2018. It is to be noted that both the Telco giants have bought the millimeter wave spectrum for beginning the 5G trials in select regions in the country.