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AT&T to Start Testing 5G This Summer

Alex Spencer

Antennae-Mast-Broadcast-4G-NetworkAT&T has revealed its plans for 5G trials beginning this summer.

Working with Ericsson and Intel, tests will start in Q2 2016, with field trials providing 5G connectivity to fixed locations in Austin, Texas, before the end of this year.

AT&T says it expects 5G to deliver 'speeds 10-100 times faster than today’s average 4G LTE connections' with latency in the range of 1–5 milliseconds.

“New experiences like virtual reality, self-driving cars, robotics, smart cities and more are about to test networks like never before,” said John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president, AT&T Technology and Operations. “These technologies will be immersive, pervasive and responsive to customers. 5G will help make them a reality. 5G will reach its full potential because we will build it on a software-centric architecture that can adapt quickly to new demands and give customers more control of their network services.”