Earlier this year,AT&Tannounced that it would begin testing its 5G network, the next step in boosting speeds for wireless subscribers.
Now, a few months later, the Big Blue network has announced that testing is going right on track, and the carrier is even expanding the testing parameters to keep things moving forward at a steady pace. Specifically, AT&T has announced that Nokia is now helping out the carrier in its testing process.
The carrier has also confirmed that the early tests show “positive signs” for the future, and that the carrier has reached 10 gigabits per second already in tests with Ericsson. Nokia’s role in further testing revolves around testing “millimeter wave,”or mm Wave, which AT&T says will play a big role in development of the 5G network.
“We’ve seen great results in our 5G lab trials, including reaching speeds above 10 gigabits per second in early tests with Ericsson,” said Tom Keathley, senior vice president – wireless network architecture and design, AT&T. “Nokia is joining to help us test millimeter wave (mmWave), which we expect to play a key role in 5G development and deployment. The work coming out of AT&T Labs will pave the way toward future international 5G standards and allow us to deliver these fast 5G speeds and network performance across the U.S.”
Earlier this year, AT&T confirmed that the 5G testing procedures would be taking place in Austin, Texas. Now, the carrier has expanded those tests to Middletown, New Jersey. Testing labs will be rolled out in San Ramon, California and Atlanta, Georgia.
For the course for these types of tests, the lab is meant to replicate “real-world environment scenarios,” without being able to roll the technology out into the wider market just yet. A 5G network is still a ways out. Before it can be rolled out, a telecommunication association, called the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), has to set the standards.