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AT&T may begin 5G field trials in Austin by the end of 2016

AT&T is making very early preparations for launching its 5G wireless network in the US. The carrier says it hopes to begin field trials in Austin, Texas sometime before the end of 2016.

AT&T says it has patents for a number of different technologies that could be used for its 5G network. It stated:

We plan to collaborate with Ericsson and Intel to work on 5G solutions in our labs starting in the second quarter of this year, with outdoor tests and trials over the summer. And, we expect field trials of 5G technologies to provide wireless connectivity to fixed locations in Austin before the end of this year. The trials will help guide our 5G standards contributions, and set the stage for widespread commercial and mobile availability once technology standards for 5G are established.

AT&T says it expect speeds for its 5G network to be between 10 to 100 times faster compared to its current 4G LTE connections. It's important to point out that widespread access for AT&T's 5G network is still several years away.

Source: AT&T

32 Comments
  • I would rather they get their 4g towers working at full capacity first. Then there would be no need for throttling when things got "overloaded". Posted via the Android Central App
  • Read the god damn article.....http://www.androidauthority.com/5g-networks-us-672964/ via News on Android ( https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anrdoezrs.net%2F... ) Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's a good start for sure. Posted via the Android Central App
  • God don't need no dam he can walk on water. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Like this!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • +10000 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well played Posted via the Android Central App
  • 5G. Is this like what 4G should have been? Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's what I'm thinking. Mobile carriers should be fined for calling their networks 4G when they don't at all meet the 4G specifications of 100 Mbps for mobile uses and 1 Gbps for fixed locations.
  • Companies do not pay taxes or fines. They pass them on to the customer. Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • Or they reduce profits. Or they are paid by their stockholders by the company paying lower dividends. Any of the above harm the company and encourages them to follow the rules, even just a little bit more. Fines also encourage competition to reduce future fines that lower future profits.
  • Wtf did you just write. Posted via the Android Central App
  • lmao I was thinking the same thing Posted via the HTC One M9
  • Faster speeds equal more data consumed equals more money. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Depends if unlimited or not Posted via the Android Central App
  • Gimmicks and marketing that's all this is. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Absolutely agreed and that's exactly what 4G ended up being years ago. I believe that was AT&T or sprint that actually first started using 4G in their marketing because everyone was on 3G and I want to be a little bit better, but they weren't faster. It was all just marketing. They weren't supposed to be fast. What they wanted was to attract new customers that they are going to upgrade their network to 4G and it was going to be about a year or year and a half. This was probably 2001 or 2002. I think for us now 5 G is that exact same thing. AT&T wants to attract people to their network in hopes that they are going to be on it when they do anything with 5 G, but it won't be anytime soon at least. Posted my Nexus 7 (2013)
  • It was Sprint with their Wimax 4G service... And it was 2010. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Pitiful. Posted via the Android Central App on my Frost Nexus 6P
  • Las Vegas odds on this working? Posted from my Lake
  • They need to fix spotty coverage in my area first. F N ****.... For paying $175 a month I'm sick of their hit and miss coverage around my town. Posted via the Android Central App
  • For paying that much for spotty coverage, just go to Verizon Posted via the mighty Nexus 6P
  • I don't know where he lives but I have never experienced spotty coverage with AT&T in any of the state's I have traveled too. Verizon also has spotty coverage in some areas. Posted Via The AT&T Note 4
  • Did anybody actually read this article? They aren't starting the launch of their 5G network. That's not what this is about Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes, I did. What part of "And, we expect field trials of 5G technologies to provide wireless connectivity to fixed locations in Austin before the end of this year" made you think this article wasn't about launching 5G? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh, I don't know. I suppose it may have been the part where they talked about the purpose being to do their part to aid in the development of standards that will eventually be used to build out a 5G network, while at the same time not actually saying that they were launching their 5G network. Or maybe the reference to providing wireless connectivity to FIXED locations as opposed to mobile locations. You know, like phones. It is ironic that you didn't catch that, seeing as you were the one that just quoted that part of the story. As a matter of fact, here's another quote that may help: "The trials will help guide our 5G standards contributions, and set the stage for widespread commercial and mobile availability once technology standards for 5G are established." I'm surprised you didn't see it since it was literally the next sentence in the article after the one you quoted. Literally the next sentence. Literally. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Or when at the end of the article it states "It's important to point out that widespread access for AT&T's 5G network is still several years away." Posted Via The AT&T Note 4
  • Yes, I saw everything you mentioned. However, your original comment wasn't a response to the article. It was a response to other comments complaining about AT&T needing to focus on making current coverage and 4G speeds better rather than wasting time deploying 5G to three of their employees that live close to a cell tower. So you completely missed the point of my comment stating that they are actually going to deploy 5G this year even if it is a meaningless goal. There can be no denying that 5G service that nobody can access is absolutely no improvement over fixing 4G service with woefully inadequate coverage that is much easier to accomplish. Feel free to have the last word. I'm through with this conversation. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Will we truly get unlimited data with no throttling? Whats the point of faster data with tiny ass data caps? Posted via the Android Central App
  • 22gigs is too little? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Works perfetly fine for me I will say. I stream Spotify to my home theatre system 2-3 hours a night and have never came near the 22 gig limit they impose. That isn't including Netflix, or other data usage. I think the most I've come towards is 16 gigs. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's what I'm talking about Posted via the Android Central App