5G – Next Generation Mobile Network

5G – Next Generation Mobile Network    

At AT&T, we’re leading the evolution to 5G. We’re always evolving our network and looking forward to what’s next. The work we’re doing on our network today is laying the foundation for 5G. 5G simply stands for fifth generation and refers to the next and newest mobile wireless standard.

Until 5G, speed was the primary driver and defining criterion among the Gs (2G, 3G, 4G). While speed will be important for 5G, the true 5G promise is much more. The vision of 5G is to enable the wireless network to essentially do what a fixed network can do (such as low latency and high throughput).

Future Mobile 5G

5G will be a software-defined, data-powered network with blazing fast Internet speeds. 5G technology will help us connect more devices faster, enable lower latency uses, increase battery life and handle more data – like surging video growth on mobile networks.

5G promises to take people places they’ve never been by unlocking new experiences such as augmented reality, virtual presence, connected cars, real time activities such as gaming, and enhancing experiences such as telemedicine and connected homes.


Evolution of 5G

AT&T is in a unique position to support next-generation applications quickly and efficiently thanks to our Software-Defined Network, Big Data and Open Source network approach, combined with our broadband build-out commitment to millions of locations throughout the United States.

AT&T tech trials help pave the way for future 5G industry standards for 5G, as well as allow AT&T to deliver fast speeds and high network performance. In labs testing, AT&T has reached speeds up to 15 Gbps with fixed wireless 5G.


Trials test mobile and fixed wireless solutions operating in mmWave spectrum.

5G Evolution Markets

  • Trials help accelerate commercial deployments in the 28 Ghz and 39 Ghz bands.
  • AT&T plans to launch 5G Evolution markets in Indianapolis, IN and Austin, TX offering twice the speeds of our 4G LTE network.

5G Standards

  • AT&T is one of the top North American contributors to 5G industry standards and collaborates with over a dozen global technology companies.
  • Technical standards work accelerated in 2017, paving the way to launch standards-based mobile 5G services to customers by the end of 2018.

5G Policy

  • Policymakers should adopt sound spectrum policy and licensing approaches in the spectrum bands above 24 Ghz. Policymakers should ensure that 5G infrastructure can be deployed quickly and efficiently.

AT&T Austin 5G Tech Trials

  • Late 2015 – Started 5G lab work
  • May 2016 – Began testing 5G services and equipment
  • Nov 2016 – Launched industry’s first 5G business trials using mmWave technology
  • June 2017 – Expanded fixed wireless 5G trials to include residential customers streaming DIRECTV NOW, at speeds up to 1 gigabit per second

The 5G Future for Business

We expect 5G will offer businesses so much more than just faster speeds. 5G will unlock experiences of the future like Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. Not only will 5G modernize businesses, it will disrupt entire industries.

We also expect 5G will help handle massive device connectivity in the Internet of Things (IoT). 5G’s ultra-reliability will help industries that use robotics, like healthcare and manufacturing. 5G’s ultra-low latency will be essential for real-time applications, like gaming and live maps for connected cars. More connection points in a smaller area – along with using small cells and unlicensed spectrum, will improve capacity – and offer a better customer experience.

AT&T’s on-going 5G technical trials show real benefits are coming for businesses.

  • In June 2017, AT&T launched a second millimeter Wave (mmWave) fixed wireless trial in Austin, TX.
    • Customer trial locations in Austin are seeing speeds up to 1 Gbps and latency rates well under 10 milliseconds at the radio link.
  • mmWave fixed wireless trials are also on-going in Indianapolis, IN and are expanding to include Waco, TX; Kalamazoo, MI; and South Bend, IN.

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