AT&T announced that it is expanding its pre-standards 5G trials to include three new U.S. cities by the end of the year, as part of initiative to accelerate commercial deployment as early as late 2018.
The Operator which is currently conducting similar trials in Austin, will extend them to Waco, Texas; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and South Bend, Indiana.
For the trials, AT&T will leverage Ericsson's 28GHz radios, virtualised RAN (vRAN) and full 5G virtualised core; Intel's 5G mobile trial platform; Samsung's 5G router, 5G RFIC chipset, virtualised core, and vRAN; and Nokia's 5G equipment and solutions.
AT&T said it has cloacked speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second and latency rates well under 10 milliseconds for the radio link at customer trial locations in Austin. In the Austin apartment unit, AT&T set up a fixed wireless 5G home with various apps such as streaming DIRECTV NOW, 360-degree video, and international video calls running simultaneously on the same connection.