AT&T launches 5G trial with DIRECTV NOW in Austin

Via Ericsson News Center

Jun 28, 2017

On June 27, AT&T launched its second fixed wireless 5G trial together with Ericsson and Intel in Austin, Texas. Using Ericsson’s 5G radio access network (RAN) and the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform, AT&T is delivering an ultra-fast internet connection to residential, small business and enterprise locations. Trial participants get access to faster broadband services and can stream live TV via DIRECTV NOW over a fixed wireless 5G signal.

AT&T expects the trial will provide speeds up to 1 gigabit per second using millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum. Although 5G standards are still being finalized, AT&T is working with Ericsson and Intel to ensure it is ready to deliver 5G services as early as late 2018.

“The technology behind 5G is important. But it’s also about advancing social trends like mobile video streaming,” said Marachel Knight, senior vice president, Wireless Network Architecture and Design, AT&T. “In Austin, we’re testing DIRECTV NOW over ultra-fast internet speeds at a variety of locations. The network of the future will help redefine what connectivity means to both consumers and businesses. This trial helps show that the new reality is coming fast.”

AT&T’s fixed wireless trial will last several months, and Ericsson will continue to work with the operator to lay the groundwork for a smooth transition to 5G.

“Ericsson is working with AT&T and other leading operators and ecosystem players to drive the realization of 5G – both with today’s pre-standard field trials and through standardization activities with global standards bodies and industry groups,” said Joakim Sorelius, Head of 5G Radio, Business Area Networks at Ericsson. “This trial takes us a step closer to 5G commercialization, validating the technology and exploring the potential for outdoor-to-indoor mmWave coverage for residential and business customers.”

Read the AT&T press release here.

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