AT&T to Begin Testing 5G, 10-100 Times Faster Than 4G LTE

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    AT&T has announced that it will begin trialing 5G wireless technologies this year, including lab tests in the second quarter and outdoor tests over the summer. The carrier anticipates 5G speeds to be 10-100 times faster than today's average 4G LTE connections, with reduced latency.
    Worldwide standards are still lacking for 5G technologies, but the 3GPP group aims to complete the first phase of that process in 2018. The widespread rollout of AT&T's 5G network will likely take until 2020, but the carrier plans to provide wireless connectivity to fixed locations in Austin before the end of this year. The carrier joins Verizon, who will also be field testing 5G solutions this year.

    AT&T's 5G network will be based on technologies such as millimeter waves, network function virtualization (NFV), and software-defined networking (SDN). The carrier has already migrated 14 million wireless customers to its virtualized network, and it says millions more will be added this year. AT&T plans to virtualize 75% of its network over the next four years in the lead up to 5G.

    It remains too early to predict Apple's roadmap for 5G connectivity. Apple was quick to support LTE-Advanced, a faster standard of 4G LTE, on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus or later, but 3G and LTE wireless technologies were both available for years before Apple adopted them. Based on AT&T's and 3GPP's timelines, a 5G iPhone may not be released for at least three to four years.

    Article Link: AT&T to Begin Testing 5G, 10-100 Times Faster Than 4G LTE
  2. Bigsk8r macrumors 6502


    Nov 28, 2011
    Austin, Texas
    Now you can break through your data plan in 10 minutes. Yay us!
  3. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Why not try to deliver 4G LTE everywhere first?
  4. macsrcool1234 macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    now blow through your data caps in half the time!
  5. xxFoxtail macrumors newbie


    Nov 8, 2015
    Syracuse, NY
    My LTE connection is already 100x faster than my home broadband, why does it need to go faster?
  6. bennibeef macrumors 6502

    May 22, 2013
    They really should put that money put in their fiber infrastructure rather than more mobile networks. Yes LTE is fast. But what for, next year my Phone connection is 100x faster than my home connection, but this is the connection where I need it fast. Not on my freaking phone.
  7. CFreymarc Suspended

    Sep 4, 2009
    I'm sure the Apple experimental cell tower near Green Valley Drive will have some 5G base station prototypes in it's equipment shed.

    Taking about that, the Campus 2 should be big enough to house their own experimental cell tower. They'll probably have it near the visitor center.
  8. The Barron macrumors 6502

    Mar 5, 2009
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    Ok Verizon, let's get on this!
  9. arggg14 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2014
    All new plans from carriers with 3GB of data for the price of 2 coming soon!
  10. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Sweet. If the data limits are high enough, this will make swinging the axe on Comcast easy. 50 GB for $50-100 would be plenty.
  11. CFreymarc Suspended

    Sep 4, 2009
    You bring up a very good point. Will fiber in the home be obsoleted by next generation wireless networks? If no cable to run, that is a huge labor savings.

    Just have power into the house and have all communication in and out of the place be a stationary next generation microcell doubling as WiFi for the home.
  12. AtomicDusk macrumors member


    Jul 24, 2014
    San Diego
    Sure this is great, but I wonder why... I mean won't there be an equilibrium for phone data that it is as fast as it needs to be, and any more than that is wasted technology/implementation?

    Unless they plan to roll it out as a replacement to fiber, which would be cheaper, as you don't need individual lines to each neighborhood, block, home, etc.

    My fear is that is what happens and we get home internet that is fast, yes, but capped.
  13. American Hero Suspended

    American Hero

    Jan 25, 2016
    If you don't have AT&T or Verizon 4G LTE by now, you must live in the sticks, and even most of the sticks have LTE service (at least the sticks I've visited lately).

    4G LTE is very widespread throughout most of the country, so moving to 5G makes sense.
  14. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
  15. cableguy84 macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2015
  16. American Hero Suspended

    American Hero

    Jan 25, 2016
    I'm guessing we'll need the faster networks for new devices of the future, ex: Apple Car, medical technology, football stadiums, streaming TV on our devices without the cable networks, etc.
  17. tom.humphrey macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2011

    Then they'll make data plans cheaper and phone lines will disappear
  18. MacConvert07 macrumors member


    Mar 26, 2008
    Upstate NY
    I'd love to cut the cord with time warner's cable modem service. At best it's "ok" and for $55 I get unlimited data at 15/1 speeds. Last time I checked though I download anywhere from 100-300 GB per month for a family of 4. Thank you Netflix! Anyway, if ATT offered me high speeds at anything even close to what I am paying now for something like 100 or 250 GB/month I'd consider changing over and truly going cordless.
  19. gumbyjunior1 macrumors regular


    Nov 22, 2013
    Now you can bring back the unlimited data plans! The real unlimited data throttling.

    "Quick, download the file in ludicris speed!"
  20. usamaah macrumors regular


    Sep 23, 2008
    8K videos
  21. melgross macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2004
    New York City
    Nonsense! There is no 5G. There isn't even an agreement between the various parties as to what 5G will be.

    In fact, we don't have 4G anywhere around the world yet. LTE is not 4G. Several years ago, when 4G fell well behind schedule, carriers and manufacturers lobbied the 4G working committee to allow them to call LTE 4G. After 6 months, the committee agreed. But LTE is actually 3G+. 4G is LTE Advanced, which has been in testing stage for several years, and is something we won't see for another year, at least, in commercial installation.

    Estimates for the release of 5G, is mid 2020s, with some in the industry thinking early 2030s.

    So,what AT&T and Verizon, who also announced this, are likely talking about is LTE Advanced, in other words, real 4G.

    Don't let anyone fool you guys about this. No one even knows what 5G will be. Some groups want it to be equivalent to 10G Ethernet. Some want it to be a mesh technology, and others want it to be LoT. There is No agreement as to what it will be, much less having equipment capable of delivering anything.
  22. mytdave macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2002
    With that kind of speed by 2020, I can't help but think "what will be the point of cable or fiber?"
  23. Xenomorph macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    St. Louis
    I'm still waiting for reliable 3G or even EDGE in some areas. Every time I visit my in-laws (which live close enough to Interstate 55 to hear traffic), I get almost no signal.

    Coverage maps show that some tower is to the north of us, and the south of us. Their house is apparently right in the middle, between the two towers, in a dead zone.

    It's not just AT&T, either. Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile actually have worse service there. I usually go outside or stand by a window to try and get a better signal.

    I've been using the "Mark this Spot" app there for the past 5+ years in that spot. So have other members of my family. I don't think AT&T cares.
  24. dino12 macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2009
    Metropolis, IL
    How would you blow through your data plan faster? You will still visit the same websites showing the same data, it will just load faster. The only way i see using more data is if i start streaming 4K, which is crazy anyway on a phone.
  25. Jason83 macrumors regular


    Sep 30, 2014
    PA, USA
    Pretty sure they have enough employees to work on both. Would be foolish to wait until the current generation is perfect before looking to the future. I for one don't want to wait till 2045 for 5G.

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