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AT&T has announced that it is working with several global tech leaders to enable faster 5G deployment once 3GPP completes the first release of the official specifications, which will form the basis of the global standards for the next-generation wireless technology.

Specifically, the carrier has entered preliminary discussions with Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, LG, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, SK Telecom, Telstra, Vodafone, and others to find and resolve key standards issues early and bring 5G to market sooner.
"We're joining other tech leaders to find and resolve key standards issues early and bring 5G to market sooner," said Tom Keathley, senior vice president- wireless network architecture and design, AT&T. "Interim and fragmented pre-standard specifications can distract from the ultimate goal. Linking trials to the standards process is the fastest path to large-scale global 5G deployment."
AT&T began trialing 5G wireless technologies this year, including lab tests in the second quarter and outdoor tests in Middletown, New Jersey and Austin, Texas over the summer. The carrier anticipated 5G speeds to be 10 to 100 times faster than today's average 4G LTE connections, with reduced latency, and it achieved that goal in June when its 5G data speeds hit up to 10 Gbps in the lab.

As it stands, 5G is still a ways off. The 3GPP group aims to complete the first phase of the worldwide standards process by 2018, but AT&T's own 5G network rollout is not expected until a few years later in 2020. It also remains too soon to determine Apple's roadmap for 5G in terms of future iPhones. But, given AT&T's efforts, 5G deployment could take place at least somewhat sooner than anticipated.

Article Link: AT&T Working Towards Faster Deployment of 5G, 10-100x Faster Than 4G LTE
 

mikeyteh

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I'm more excited about the new AT&T data plans coming on 8/21, given that it will actually affect me now vs. years from now. Still, it's nice to see attention being paid by AT&T, Google, and others to wireless high speed.
[doublepost=1471454490][/doublepost]I can't wait to see spotty 5G service in 5-7 years, much like LTE service is today.
 
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penajmz

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I'm more excited about the new AT&T data plans coming on 8/21, given that it will actually affect me now vs. years from now. Still, it's nice to see attention being paid by AT&T, Google, and others to wireless high speed.
[doublepost=1471454490][/doublepost]I can't wait to see spotty 5G service in 5-7 years, much like LTE service is today.
1GB of data for $30?? Wow.
 

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I hesitate to post this, after your ordeal, but the timing of this article was a little too perfect. And I must admit it conspcerns me just a little bit ...

Is 5G technology dangerous? Early data shows a slight increase of tumors in male rats exposed to cellphone radiation - Los Angeles Times
https://apple.news/AQrBG-bQyQS2dX2CIgCnd6A
 
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lordofthereef

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You too can burn through your whole 40GB data plan in 7.3 minutes!!!

Can you tell I'm not sure what I'm going to use these speeds for in normal everyday use?
More speed means less congestion. If your web page loads three times as fast, you are spending 1/3 the time pulling data from the tower. Of course that metric goes out the door when streaming.
 
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SuprUsrStan

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Yeah pretty much useless unless the data cap is increased at the same price point. I wouldn't mind 10x the speed so long as I have 10x the data.
 
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oneMadRssn

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I'm more excited about the new AT&T data plans coming on 8/21, given that it will actually affect me now vs. years from now. Still, it's nice to see attention being paid by AT&T, Google, and others to wireless high speed.

Currently plans under 15GB have to pay a higher monthly access fee per line, $15/line for 15GB+ plans, $25/line for smaller plans. I wonder where AT&T will draw the line in these new plans starting on 8/21, as the article doesn't mention this.
 

gsmornot

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This will be the replacement for cable to your house. When I say cable I don't mean coax specifically, I mean your house will connect wirelessly to the high speed network versus running a cable all the way. Run a fiber to a central point near your neighborhood, setup a tower and quickly cover a ton of people. 5G has a very short range which will make it difficult for more than use in specific areas. No way there will be enough towers to have full roaming coverage. You will find it more near venues and subdivisions at first. My perspective.
 

mantan

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This will be the replacement for cable to your house. When I say cable I don't mean coax specifically, I mean your house will connect wirelessly to the high speed network versus running a cable all the way. Run a fiber to a central point near your neighborhood, setup a tower and quickly cover a ton of people. 5G has a very short range which will make it difficult for more than use in specific areas. No way there will be enough towers to have full roaming coverage. You will find it more near venues and subdivisions at first. My perspective.

Remember A&T recently bought DirecTV. I wonder if this is more about a home entertainment than cell phones. Would this system be designed to provide better streaming/on-demand options as the world moves away from the network/scheduled programming model.
 
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