Industry leader Verizon Wireless may have been first to make some noise about 5G testing, but its closest rival, AT&T, is not exactly a slouch either in that regard. The second biggest wireless carrier in the United States has officially began testing its 5G wireless tech offering, which promises to deliver gigabit bandwidth to smartphones and tablets and other handsets in the near future.
Through a blog post, AT&T explained that it is now conducting its 5G bandwidth tests in the field, and is collaborating with two other tech giants, Intel and Ericsson, in making it happen. Similar to what the Big Red is doing with its 5G tests, AT&T is taking full advantage of millimeter wave tech in getting its 5G wireless offering to function inside one of Intel’s offices located in the city of Austin, the state capital of Texas.
Earlier this year, AT&T had revealed its plans of conducting 5G tests in Austin, Texas before the end of 2016. The major US wireless carrier seems to be right on schedule, and if all goes well, the tests should help shed light on a few matters. AT&T is particularly looking to find out how well its new network will be able to handle 4K video. Of course, there is that matter of testing how good its 5G offering will be when it comes to VPN, VoIP, unified communications applications, and access to the world wide web. It is pretty understandable why the carrier would put some emphasis on 4K video. With more and more mobile users nowadays devouring media like never before, it is no surprise that AT&T is making an effort to make sure that its 5G can deliver on video.
News of testing will always bring excitement, not only for the service provider but also for the end users as well. AT&T and its 5G tests are no exception to this. But one has to remember that conducting tests does not always mean a particular service is ready for public consumption any time soon. In the case of 5G, this will prove tricky at the moment because first of all, the standard for delivering this tech to consumers has not been defined yet.
Still, it is difficult not feel excited about the whole thing. 5G tech, after all, promises to deliver web connections exponentially faster than what 4G networks can provide today. And with 5G brought to life, we may finally experience for ourselves what the Internet of Things concept is really about.
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