AT&T unveils 5G roadmap, says it’ll be 10-100 times faster than 4G

By , Feb 12, 2016

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AT&T on Friday issued a press release detailing its 5G network roadmap. The carrier says it is partnering with Ericsson and Intel to work on 5G solutions in its labs starting in Q2 of this year, and it hopes to be ready for outdoor tests and trials by early summer.

5G speeds are expected to be 10-100 times faster than current 4G LTE connections. AT&T says customers will see speeds measured in gigabits per second, not megabits. For reference, at one gigabit per second, you can download a TV show in less than 3 seconds.

“New experiences like virtual reality, self-driving cars, robotics, smart cities and more are about to test networks like never before,” said John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer and Group President, AT&T Technology and Operations. “These technologies will be immersive, pervasive and responsive to customers. 5G will help make them a reality. 5G will reach its full potential because we will build it on a software-centric architecture that can adapt quickly to new demands and give customers more control of their network services.”

The company hopes it will be delivering 5G connectivity to fixed locations in Austin before the end of this year, but does not mention when it will be available for a wider rollout. The tech is still very much in its infancy, as it is with Verizon and other major carriers.

Source: AT&T

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  • Beto Bañuelos

    with a data cap of 10 gb/month this is useless.

    • Rowan09

      So true just a faster way to use up data

    • Jackson Grong

      I have 2gb a month, and my carrier supports LTE 250mb down at my house, useless, I disable it lol.

  • If they want to get 5g popular like 4g is, then every US careers need to step up their data cap.

  • Kaptivator

    @ 10 to 100 times the cost of 4g

    • R3VVEDUP

      Dumb comment

      • :D


  • Dao Sasone

    Nice. I hope it doesn’t require a higher plan rate. I know att will use this with their direct tv streaming customers. Soon portable 4k devices with cellular connections will require this due to bandwidth. I see att taking over verizon soon.

  • Eikast

    Improving LTE coverage and handling congestion is more important at this point, at least with these data caps.

  • Tommy

    i guess this is good considering how terrible the USA’s Data speeds are compared to the rest of the world, but it’s gonna take lots of time and effort on ATT’s part to make the transition.

    • Rowan09

      Really? I get on average 25 up and down. What’s the rest of the world getting?

  • Glenn Gore

    How about they get basic 3G out to their entire native system before they start working on 5G? And besides that, how about getting basic LTE version ONE out to their entire native system before they start worrying about 5G? Verizon, T-Mobile, and US Cellular are very nearly at that point, far ahead of AT&T, in this department.

  • Abraam Tawfik

    Lol AT&T can barely get 10mbps here in jersey. Now they’re saying they’re gunna deliver gigabits per second. I think T-Mobile is going to take advantage of 5G since their going all out and giving it their all. T-Mobile is getting up there. AT&T and Verizon need to step up their game.

  • Tom

    att sucks tmobile sucks to not much, metro pcs is king with unlimited 4glte for 60

    • Abraam Tawfik

      Lol Metro PCS is T-Mobile

  • Shane Szymanowski

    How about wasting your time and money on new technology like 5g and focus on speeding up your current network. 4g and lte….over seas 3G+ From other company’s is faster and more reliable then your new junk in the USA