Pre-standards 5G trials will accelerate commercial deployment as early as late 2018

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.

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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.

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