Following Verizon, AT&T is now ready to jump into the race for 5G network, that will bring up to 100 times faster data transfer. The AT&T announced its considerations for 5G wireless data standard, upgrading its network to the fastest connectivity. As noted by the AT&T, the 5G network will provide fiber-like data download speeds which means up to 1 Gbps.
AT&T, the second largest carrier in the US is going to start testing the virtual 5G network in its labs by this summer. AT&T is working with Ericsson and Intel for the equipment to undertake the tests. It has planned to gradually roll out the 5G network as a point-to-point delivery for homes and businesses over high-frequency millimeter band radio spectrum.
With the developments toward the new and fastest networks there have been some parallel developments in networking hardware. Recently Qualcomm came up with the X16 LTE radio as world’s first commercially available Gigabit class data modem chip. The X16 LTE radio will enter the phones in H2 2016.
The 5G network is yet developing with its utmost potentials still not unveiled. The standard setting agency ITU anticipates the 5G network speed to be 10 Gbps with up to 20 Gbps peak speed. Yet much more is expected to emerged about the actual characteristics of the 5G which is going to be finalized by 2020.
As we observed with the 4G network, the carriers are likely to label the improved LTE network with 1 Gbps as 5G network but it would be far behind the anticipated speed boost with 5G network. As per the AT&T claims, the 5G network will be 10 to 100 times faster than the current LTE network. This would be a huge boost as the average speed on the 4G LTE in the US is just about 9 Mbps.