5G is coming to wireless users and AT&T is taking the necessary steps to be ready once the tech standards for 5G are set. AT&T revealed that they will be working with Ericsson and Intel this summer with outdoor tests and various trial situations. 5G will improve just about everything we do on our wireless devices. That includes everything revolving around video, virtual reality and Internet of Things.
“New experiences like virtual reality, self-driving cars, robotics, smart cities and more are about to test networks like never before,” explains 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. Our approach is simple – deliver a unified experience built with 5G, software-defined networking (SDN), Big Data, security and open source software.”
What is 5G? 5G is expected to bring speeds of 10-100 times in excess of what we are all using currently. 5G will bring speeds measured in gigabits, not megabits. This means a TV show can be downloaded in less than three seconds. Wireless customers will also see less latency with 5G and just a better overall customer experience when it comes to wireless.
With traffic growing on AT&T’s wireless network at record rates, the 5G network will be ideal for bandwidth hogs that play video games, stream movies and move large amounts of data on a regular basis. 4K video will also become a reality and more common on mobile devices. The 5G network will improve spectrum usage and and make better use of SDN along with network function virtualization (NFV). 5G will also be more cost effective.
“AT&T’s 5G field trials will play an important role in ensuring rapid and wide-scale adoption of this next generation mobile technology,” adds Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Radio, Ericsson. “5G will impact the entire mobile network – from devices to access and core to cloud – and open up exciting new IoT applications for consumers and industry, so Ericsson is enabling AT&T to move beyond 5G lab tests to gain a greater understanding of 5G’s potential in their own network environments and markets.”
AT&T is leading the way when it comes to bringing 5G to the masses. “Virtualizing” is the key when looking to the future. 75% of AT&T’s network will be virtualized by 2020, and this is going to be quite a milestone, since only 5.7% was “virtual” in 2015. AT&T already has 14 million customers on the virtualized network and millions more are being moved as you read this piece. AT&T is data driven and they realize customers use data. Everything AT&T is aiming for in the future involves making their customer’s lives easier and less frustrating. AT&T’s customers will appreciate this initiative.