AT&T is doing 5G trials now, before standards are released. This lets the operator learn about 5G and mmWave characteristics to prepare for network planning and deployment.
AT&T is aggressively deploying equipment, investing in the right mix of spectrum and technology, and laying the foundation for the evolution to 5G while 5G standards are being finalized. This is a major step on the journey to deliver state-of-the-art 5G speeds as soon as late 2018.
In addition to Austin, Indianapolis is the second metro with 5G Evolution.
Thanks to the targeted acceleration activity within 3GPP, and with lessons learned during these trials, AT&T expects commercial equipment to be available within 6 months of the completion of the 5G Release 15 standard. In contrast, LTE equipment wasn’t available for a year to 18 months after the LTE standard was complete.