AT&T to run field trials of 5G wireless in Austin this year – Computerworld

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AT&T announced today it will being field trials of faster 5G wireless technology this summer in Austin, Texas.

The 3GPP industry standard for 5G, also known as Fifth Generation wireless, is not expected to be completed until 2020, with the earliest phase completed in 2018.

Wireless speeds with 5G could be 10 to 100 times faster than with 4G LTE, which generally averages in the 10 Mbps to 20 Mbps range for users downloading data.

Both AT&T and Verizon have ambitious 5G rollout plans, prompted by the recent explosion of wireless video and Internet of Things connectivity. AT&T estimates that its wireless network grew 150,000% from 2007 to 2015, largely because of video traffic; more than 60% of its wireless traffic in 2015 was video.

AT&T to run field trials of 5G wireless in Austin this year – Computerworld