According to recent reports AT&T has unveiled its 5G roadmap for 2016, which includes trials in collaboration with Ericsson and Intel. The company said it expects 5G to deliver speeds 10-100 times faster than today’s average 4G LTE connections.
“We expect field trials of 5G technologies to provide wireless connectivity to fixed locations in Austin before the end of this year,” said AT&T.
It aims “to bring customers the next-generation of super-fast, flexible wireless connectivity”. According to AT&T “An early use of 5G’s underlying technology could be delivering broadband to homes and businesses, and it’s possible that it could have limited commercial availability this year depending on the trials.”
The 5G network is expected to rely on technologies such as millimeter waves, network function virtualization (NFV), and software-defined networking (SDN).
The trials set the stage for widespread commercial and mobile availability once technology standards for 5G are established.
AT&T claims that “Customers will see speeds measured in gigabits per second, not megabits.”
Customers will also see much lower latency with 5G, which is expected to be in the range of 1-5ms.
Verizon is also planning 5G trials this year.