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AT&T seeks FCC license to test 5G in Austin, Texas

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AT&T seeks FCC license to test 5G in Austin, Texas
Just as some U.S. carriers have finished building out their 4G LTE networks, there is already talk about testing the next generation of wireless networks which will be known as 5G. Hooked up to a 5G pipeline, smartphone users will be able to download a feature-length movie in a matter of seconds. Last September, Verizon said that its 5G field trials would begin in 2016. And Big Red's chief information and technology architect Roger Gurnani, said that Verizon will have some form of commercial deployment of 5G as early as next year. Most experts don't see 5G being employed globally until 2020 at the earliest.

That would seem to be the timeline planned by AT&T; the nation's second largest wireless operator is seeking from the FCC, a three-year experimental 5G license in Austin, Texas. The license will cover fixed and mobile tests in the 3400-3600 MHz, 3700-4200 MHz, 14500-15350 MHz and 27500-28500 MHz bands. The carrier will be using experimental equipment manufactured by a unnamed company. AT&T will test 5G using base stations to send and receive signals from devices on mobile vehicles, and from other base stations in fixed locations.

Sony's former smartphone partner Ericsson is said to be testing a 5G phone. We wouldn't call it a handset however, since the device is too large to fit inside a car. That tells us that 5G is still a few years away from being a viable consumer technology.

You can check out AT&T's three-page request for the experimental FCC 5G license by clicking on the sourcelink.

source: FCC via FierceWireless

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posted on 05 Feb 2016, 19:18 3

1. combatmedic870 (Posts: 555; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


Let me know when they are actually to 4g standards.... Let alone some kind of 5g standard.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 21:22 1

2. darkkjedii (Posts: 19780; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


My 6S Plus does 6G. Then I woke up.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 10:41

3. Bernoulli (Posts: 3741; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Man those frequencies are monstrous, I hope they are not cancerous.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 13:45

4. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1040; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


No, but the range of those frequencies will be much shorter and won't penetrate buildings as well.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 17:43

5. Bernoulli (Posts: 3741; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


True, hopefully Nokia finds a good way to implement this technology.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 08:03

6. SprintGuy26 (Posts: 209; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)


5G? they cant even do 4GLTE right, theres gaps in many places outside of the city that i went to and where i do have LTE its really slow no more than 10Mbps that seems to be at top speed, speeds jump around alot....the only time i see good speeds is in the city where i hit 50-60Mbps so after a good 9 months with ATT im going back to t-mobile this week, only issue i had with them was the no coverage/lack of LTE outside the city which t-mobile said to fix...hope they do but who really knows but the user

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