AT&T's strategy chief says that thanks to DirecTV purchase, it has the edge in 5G

AT&T's strategy chief says that thanks to DirecTV purchase, it has the edge in 5G
AT&T strategy chief John Donovan said at MWC today that when it comes to 5G, the carrier has some advantages over rival Verizon. The latter, and partner Samsung, announced today that it has started trials of 5G technology. But AT&T says that promises it made to build out fixed high-speed Internet services puts it in a better position than Verizon because of its fixed-line proposition. AT&T agreed to invest in fixed-line internet to get government approval of its $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV.

As part of its promise to regulatory agencies, AT&T agreed to build out high-speed internet connections covering 12 million people while adding internet access for more Americans living in rural surroundings. While the nation's second largest carrier sees having this fixed line capability as an advantage over its chief rival when it comes to 5G, Verizon says to expect more of the same old, same old. "AT&T has followed us in every turn of technology - wireless and wired - and they will again with 5G," said Verizon spokesman Jim Gerace.

While Verizon and Samsung have started their 5G trials, AT&T plans to begin its testing later this year in Austin, Texas. AT&T says that it will test 5G in labs before trying it out using fixed locations at homes and offices.

Although standards are far from final, 5G should lead to a 1000% increase in capacity over currently available networks; download speeds could run as fast as 10Gb/sec.

source: Reuters



7. syed_itsa

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

Hello Mr ATT I am living in Indiana. Where Still I dont have full bar coverage. If I go to metro area with full bar coverage I get better speed with LTE . But in my Area I only have 2 bars with LTE and dont get same speed as in bigger city. Invest money to improve coverage. 5G wont work if coverage is low. You guys have brains of Engineers but Looks like dont think about least common issues. Thanks

6. syed_itsa

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

Peoples are not getting Even Full bars for all big 4 They play with our minds. If we dont use data it goes to their unuse bucket and sold to MVNOs. If we exceed our limit we have to pay for that. .What is rubbish. Why Do we use cellphone to get better advantage. We all have Laptops and TABs in home aur in offices. Spend most time in offices. WiFi is best options . Then Why data. I just care about better coverage because Calls are important for me. If those drop .>>>> ? Companies should think about coverage. and If we have Only two bars Even 4Glte wont give us better speed . it is tested

3. applesnapple93

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

10gbps sounds nice. BUT you can only download as fast as your weakest link. If an overloaded server can only push 10mbps, then thats your download speed. It helps to understand technology when they pitch how much faster their theoretical peak download numbers are to illiterates

4. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

and even if the server isn't overloaded, it might cap speeds to prevent or reduce capacity issues.

2. SprintGuy26

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 21, 2011

5G? u better fix ur damn 4G first...LTE is super slow and still have coverage gaps like no other...

5. Plutonium239

Posts: 1263; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

AT&T's coverage is superior to that of any other carrier in Michigan... I have worked all around the state. Especially coverage in rural areas.

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Competing for 5G already, yet next door, we're not even getting 4G everywhere yet...guess that's what we get for having a small population density.

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