AT&T shares its 5G roadmap for 2016

AT&T shares its 5G roadmap for 2016

In a noteworthy 5G-related announcement last week, bigwig US wireless carrier AT&T shared its 5G roadmap for 2016; revealing that it will carry out trials of the ultra-high-speed 5G wireless network this year.

Sharing its 5G plans for 2016, AT&T said that it plans to conduct field tests of the 5G network in Austin, Texas, before the end of this year. The company also asserted that 5G network will have the capability to offer 10 to 100 times faster speeds that the current-generation 4G LTE network.

According to the 5G roadmap shared by AT&T for 2016, the field tests of the 5G network in Austin will be commenced after the company successfully completes scheduled laboratory tests of the network this spring. The 5G lab tests will be conducted by AT&T together with device maker Ericsson and chip giant Intel.

AT&T has asserted that the fast and responsive 5G network will pave the way for new wireless possibilities. The company also said that its new 5G network will have noticeably less lag between the tap of a button and the subsequent play of a video, or download of a song, or search for a local restaurant.

About the potential wireless possibilities which the 5G network can unfold in future, AT&T's chief strategy officer John Donovan said in a statement: "New experiences like virtual reality, self-driving cars, robotics, smart cities and more are about to test networks like never before. 5G will help make them a reality."


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