By Gordon Mansfield, VP Converged Access and Device Design, AT&T
As the first carrier in the U.S. to begin introducing standards based mobile 5G on our 5G+ (5G over millimeter wave spectrum) network, we’re continuing to evolve quickly and accelerate the technology ecosystem. It also means we’re the only company in the U.S. that can test the latest updates in real time on a standards based 5G commercial mobile network.
This morning, we successfully tested a new software update on our live commercial 5G+ network which resulted in speeds over 1.5 Gbps.* This test was conducted in the field using a mobile form factor test device.
The advantage with having a live mobile 5G network is that we could test this upgrade in the lab and take it to the field within hours. And, we could observe how the upgrade performed in both settings – which are very different. We plan to roll out this network upgrade across our network as quickly as possible, enabling our early adopters to be some of the first in the U.S. to start benefitting from the performance enhancements these upgrades will enable in the near future.
This is just one more example of how our leadership in driving the mobile 5G ecosystem and setting the stage for the 5G experiences of tomorrow.
While the promise of wireless speeds in the 1Gbps+ range is something to cheer about, it isn’t the end game for mobile 5G services. It’s an encouraging point on our 5G journey and progress towards our plans to ultimately offer our customers the network of the future.
*This does not reflect current user-experienced 5G+ speeds, which are lower and will vary.