AT&T Says it’s 5G Network will be 100x Faster than LTE

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We don't have a 5G standard yet, but that isn't stopping AT&T from launching its own field trials. The cell service provider is teaming up with Intel and Ericsson to conduct tests this summer with the still in flux wireless protocol, and they expect to hit speeds that clock in 100 times faster than today's 4G LTE.

AT&T starts 5G wireless data tests with Intel and EricssonAT&T starts 5G wireless data tests with Intel and Ericsson

"We plan to collaborate with Ericsson and Intel to work on 5G solutions in our labs starting in the second quarter of this year, with outdoor tests and trials over the summer," AT&T said on Friday "And, we expect field trials of 5G technologies to provide wireless connectivity to fixed locations in Austin before the end of this year."

According to AT&T, 5G speeds will be between 10 and 100 times faster compared to LTE, and network latency should be substantially lower. As great as that sounds, don't expect to see 5G rollouts any time soon. 3GPP, the organization that set these standards, is looking to 2018 to complete the first part of their process, and current smartphones don't have the still-undefined hardware necessary to take advantage of the faster wireless service.

That said, once everything is in place, we'll see marked improvement in our smartphone wireless data connections. AT&T is looking at providing gigabit wireless speeds compared to the megabit-level performance we're seeing today.

AT&T said,

We expect 5G to deliver speeds 10-100 times faster than today's average 4G LTE connections. Customers will see speeds measured in gigabits per second, not megabits. For reference, at one gigabit per second, you can download a TV show in less than 3 seconds.

That's great news, assuming power consumption, signal strength, and potential interference issues are all worked out. There's still time to work out those details since 3GPP is still a couple years out from the first part of establishing the 5G standard—and for us to complain about downloading videos in minutes instead of seconds.

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“For reference, at one gigabit per second, you can download a TV show in less than 3 seconds.”

And you can reach you data cap in seconds also :-D


I wonder why the preoccupation with raw speed ?

I barely get a 3G signal where I live, and it’s not exactly in the middle of nowhere ! I’d wager there are 3rd world countries with better mobile phone coverage :-(

How about the telecoms companies focus on servicing their existing customers and provide what we’re already actually supposed to be paying for !

Lee Dronick

I just ran a speed test using an app on my iPhone 6S. Now this was on AT&T’s LTE network and got these speeds.

5.9 Mbps download
3.84 Mbps upload

Faster would be great for tethering my iPhone to my iPad or MacBook Pro


@Lee That speed test for LTE is so very,  very sad.  When you consider that 3G services were suppose to deliver 3 - 5 megabits per second of data service and 4G was suppose to offer 1 gigabit per second of data service. HSDPA delivered 24 megabits per second of data service just six years ago! Then a few months later we had HSPA+ that gave us 49 megabit per second data service!

And here we are with LTE and data service no better than base UMTS that we had in 2006….

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