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AT&T to enter 5G technologies

Tech News

AT&T announced its plans to start testing 5G technologies, with a possibility of entering the market before the end of 2016 according to the company.

Through the use of millimeter waves, network function virtualization, and software-defined networking 5G promises to improve on existing speeds by a factor of 10 to 100.

The company has been engaged in extensive research, patent filings, and the development of software-defined networking, which allows AT&T to update systems without touching the hardware - a faster, more efficient method of introducing new versions of programs and technology, the company said.

"Some of the things AT&T will be testing for are power and performance in rain or other disruptive weather conditions, like cold," said Fletcher Cook, AVP of global media communications at AT&T.

"If it goes well in the summer, you could start seeing point-to-point limited commercial availability for limited fixed broadband soon after," he told TechNewsWorld.

However, "that isn't for the wireless phone, wide-area network type 5G," Cook pointed out. "That's much longer term because we have the standards that need to be sorted."


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