Just this week, AT&T recently debuted its new millimeter wave channel sounder. Dubbed as the Porcupine, the device is being positioned by the major US wireless carrier as the first ever of its kind. The channel sounder was actually developed with the assistance of National Instruments (NI), and is designed to capture how mobile transmissions are affected in a given location or environment.
Sure, Verizon Wireless has already claimed that it will beat everybody to the 5G race. But in the world of mobile, nothing is ever certain. Meanwhile, the second biggest mobile operator in America is busy boosting its efforts when it comes to testing its own 5G offering.
With the 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) standards making body deciding a week ago to speed up some aspects of its 5G New Radio (NR) schedule, AT&T now believes it will be able to start rolling out its standards based mobile 5G service by the later part of next year.
The number one mobile operator in the United States may prefer not to spill everything in regards to its 5G fixed wireless plans, but the company is dead set on debuting a commercial fixed broadband option by next year.
During the Global 5G Test Summit held in Barcelona in Spain this week, various mobile operators and tech vendors that include AT&T, China Mobile, NTT DOCOMO, Vodafone, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Keysight, MediaTek, Nokia, Qualcomm, Rohde & Schwarz, ZTE, and Datang all pledge their support for a worldwide 5G specification established by means of tests, trials, and cooperation between carriers, mobile manufacturers, and network builders.
Verizon Wireless has recently revealed that it is planning to begin its 5G pilot program in 11 specific markets across the United States within the first six months of the year. The 11 markets will include Ann Arbor in Michigan, Atlanta in Georgia, Bernardsville in New Jersey, Brockton in Massachusetts, Dallas in Texas, Denver in Colorado, Houston in Texas, Miami in Florida, Sacramento in California, Seattle in Washington, and Washington, DC.
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.
During the Competitive Carriers Association’s yearly meeting, Neville Ray, the chief technical officer of major US wireless carrier T-Mobile, took the opportunity to attack the 5G efforts of rival mobile operators, most especially industry leader Verizon Wireless.
Market research firm Parks Associates seems to think so. According to the company, global revenues of mobile data will grow from $386 billion in 2015 to $630 billion by the end of this decade. Parks Associates reckons that most of the growth will occur in mobile markets in the Asia/Pacific region.
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