AT&T looking to one-up competitors with 5G speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second

AT&T looking to one-up competitors with 5G speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second
After Sprint showed off its 5G speeds during the Copa América Centenario soccer tournament in Santa Clara, AT&T announced on Monday that Middletown, New Jersey, will be getting 5G before the end of this summer. The township will join Austin, Texas, as the second location in the US to get the blazing fast speeds on AT&T's airwaves while the carrier is evaluating the technology's potential. There's one catch though: at first, 5G will be made available only as a home broadband service, not as one you'd be able to get on your phone.

As companies set the 5G hype machine into motion, AT&T boasted about the speed of its wireless internet offering, saying that early tests have yielded speeds 10 times faster than those of Google Fiber and 5 times faster than what Sprint showed off last Friday. The company claims that its download speeds are hitting around 10 gigabits per second (Gbps), which is mighty impressive, albeit for results from preliminary lab tests. To put this into perspective, with this much bandwidth, you'd be able to download a 90-minute long 4K movie in about 60 seconds.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint are all preparing for the next step in wireless internet technology and are hyping users up with promises for never before seen speeds. The truth is however, that the mass adoption of mobile 5G is years away. The industry has still not settled on standards that 5G will run on, and it will be at least a few more years until that happens.

via: CNET

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16 Comments

1. TrainFromUkraine

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

90 minutes of 4K video equals roughly to 35GB of data. I am sure AT&T would just LOVE to charge clueless consumers for data overages.

3. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Beat me to it. That's over 1GB per second. You can blow past you data cap in under one minute. Scimbags are salivating over that prospect.

5. AlikMalix unregistered

i dont understand, so it's "bad" that AT&T is trying to upgrade to 5g? Are we going to be required to only download 4K videos while using 5g? How are AT&T scumbags for upgrading to faster internet? Is Ferrari scumbags for building a faster car? I'm not sure why the complaining?

7. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

it's because caps that are as little as 2 Gb should not be a standard anymore with these speeds in which you can go past the caps under a minute, but if you (at&t) were to increase such caps they'd be much more decent. The Ferrari analogy applies in the sense that not EVERYONE has a Ferrari but it is build for an elite class, not really aimed at en-mass customers; whereas at&t is actually aimed at en-mass population. Better price points would make at&t an excellent choice.

8. AlikMalix unregistered

So you're complaining about data allotment, not increase in speed, right? If so, wrong article. Don't get me wrong AT&T is not near my top list of great companies, but they are making my internet faster - why is there complaining? I too want more and for less, but I'd take faster speeds anytime.

9. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

It doesn't matter if your internet is faster because the max you can get is 15 GB per month.

11. AlikMalix unregistered

P.S. I have unlimited data. With fully subsidized phones!!!!

12. AlikMalix unregistered

So, lets purposely elect to wait for the SAME youtube video to load longer because we can get faster speeds but will not because we dont get extra Data with it? Watch youtube video 4G = 30 seconds wait, 250MB data used Watch youtube video 5G = 1 seconds wait, 250MB data used Why are you guys complaining?

15. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Am not complaining about anything, I was further explaining what tedkord was trying to say. I don't even have at&t.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31060; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You don't think they'll come out with new 5G tiers? It would only make sense.

2. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

You are right.

4. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

This is reminiscent of the 4G/LTE race.

6. Junito

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Just wait until they start to charge xtra for VoLTE.

13. syed_itsa

Posts: 50; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

5G Data but not better coverage. ???

14. godwhomismike

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

It would be great if there service wasn't getting worse in the two areas I frequent often. I used to get great service, now it switches between 1 bar and no service.

16. syed_itsa

Posts: 50; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

ATT service is getting worse. Their Signals started drop in those area I used to use ATT. Now calls drop ... specially at 74 West at EXIT 32 -- The where I am living we have Wireless tower but I m still using Microcell to boost signals because it drops calls here. I dont know What they are focusing. They are promoting Direct TV and Lost their Slogan More bars

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