AT&T has announced this week that it is planning to introduce its first 5G wireless service in the next few months in the United States mobile market, particularly in the cities of Austin in Texas and Indianapolis in Indiana. On top of that, the second biggest wireless carrier in America is also looking to set up a couple of new 5G test beds that should launch in spring of this year at the AT&T Labs also located in Austin.
According to the major US mobile operator, its 5G wireless service is projected to bring top connection speeds of 400 mbps or higher (theoretically speaking). Moreover, as AT&T continues to fortify its 5G offering by densifying its network infrastructure and making full use of wireless tech such as carrier aggregation and LTE License Assisted Access, it believes it can achieve theoretical connection speeds of up to 1 gbps in some areas this year.
In the fall of last year in Austin, AT&T had debuted what it claims to be the first ever 5G business customer trials in the wireless industry. As for the two planned test beds in the same city, they will provide support for the carrier’s existing 5G efforts, as well as conduct further testing with the use of a fixed wireless 5G connection and explore ways in which it can stream its DirecTV Now service (which launched more than a month ago) while at the same time, grant its subscribers (both residential and small to medium enterprise customers) access to improved broadband services in Austin. Furthermore, the test beds will come with dedicated 5G outdoor and indoor trial locations, and for good measure, also take full advantage of flexible infrastructure that should let AT&T implement updates or alterations depending on how the 5G standards will be finalized.
AT&T’s 5G wireless service is just one aspect of its bigger Indigo 3.0 network evolution strategy, which the carrier talked about during the Innovation Summit it recently held this week in the city of San Francisco in California. Other aspects include big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning, cybersecurity, and software based network operations.
The wireless carrier also took the opportunity to announce that its cloud based AT&T Control Center (powered by Cisco’s Jasper), will now feature enhanced security by way of the addition of AT&T NetBond connectivity, which should give an extra layer to its Internet of Things (IoT) efforts. This connection is transmitted via the AT&T Virtual Private Network, with risks minimized on account of its isolated nature.
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