Albeit having the relatively new 4G LTE, it is time to start looking towards the future as the world of consumer electronics moves pretty quickly. Already, Google has started testing its solar powered UAV to provide 5G internet in New Mexico, and now AT&T is preparing to test 5G internet in the first half of 2016, saying that there is a possibility of launching with limited availability before the end of the year.
Through a partnership with Ericsson and Intel, AT&T will test its first 5G connectivity in Austin, Texas sometime in the 2nd quarter of 2016. The trials are going to guide them for 5G standards contributions and set the stage for widespread mobile availability once the technology standards for 5G are established.
It could be a pretty insane leap forward, having the speed 10-100 times faster than 4G LTE that will be measured in gigabits instead of megabits when the 5G actually launches. Also, you could see much latency with 4G. Latency is how long it takes for a streaming video to start after you press play. You could expect 5G latency in the range of 1-5 milliseconds.
“New experiences like virtual reality, self-driving cars, robotics, smart cities and more are about to test networks like never before,” said John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer and Group President, AT&T Technology and Operations. “These technologies will be immersive, pervasive and responsive to customers. 5G will help make them a reality. 5G will reach its full potential because we will build it on a software-centric architecture that can adapt quickly to new demands and give customers more control of their network services. Our approach is simple – deliver a unified experience built with 5G, software-defined networking (SDN), Big Data, security and open source software.”
Now it’s a matter of time when 5G actually replaces 4G and becomes a new standard. Previously, Samsung was also planning to officially roll out 5G in 2020 but thanks to AT&T 5G speeds may be happening a little sooner.