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AT&T starts the first 5G tests

The new mobile communications standard 5G should replace the only recently rolled-out LTE networks as early as 2020. The race among developers is already in high gear. AT&T and Intel have now completed a first test start.

22 Dec. 2016
The new mobile communications standard 5G should replace LTE as early as 2020 ((Foto: Shutterstock / Alexander Supertramp)

The American telecommunications giant AT&T, together with the Swedish company Ericsson and chipmaker Intel, has performed initial testing of the upcoming mobile communication standard 5G. The objective was to determine the technology’s suitability for business customers. In the process, Internet access, VPN, unified communications applications and 4K-resolution video streams with the targeted speeds of 5G were tested in practice, states AT&T in a blog post. The company does not provide any details about the hardware and software used.

The 5G standard is to be introduced as planned by 2020 and will then allow transfer rates of 10 to 20 Gbit/s. However, only the technical requirements as well as some preliminary developments exist so far. While the industry wants to develop a specific standard by 2018, currently the participating companies and organizations are working on several basic elements for the wireless communications system. Telecommunications suppliers such as Huawei or Nokia are also testing not yet standardized 5G technologies in terms of their suitability for use in the upcoming high-speed wireless networks.