【视频消费流量快速增长,AT&T计划今年野外测试5G网络】

【视频消费流量快速增长,AT&T计划今年野外测试5G网络】美国通信公司AT&T目前正在准备年底前进行5G网络的野外测试,第二季度将与爱立信和英特尔合作开发5G解决方案。测试的驱动力来源于视频消费流量的快速增长,4K视频、虚拟现实、自动驾驶汽车、机器人、智能城市和物联网将为5G发展带来更大驱动力。

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For consumers, the next generation of mobile networks is still a few years in the future. So-called 5G networks, which offer speeds at ten to 100 times the fastest of today’s networks, won’t be powering smartphones until the end of the decade.

However, there is already an intense battle among countries and technology companies looking to be the first to offer the technology. (For more on 5G and what it means for consumers, check out this excellent primer.)

Korea has been one of the countries at the forefront, looking to have a network based on 5G technologies up and running by the time it hosts the 2018 Winter Olympics. China and Europe, which found themselves behind on 4G, have also been looking to the next generation as an opportunity to take the lead. Now, the U.S. leaders are looking to show that they too are pressing forward.

Verizon announced last year that it would do some testing of 5G this year, while AT&T is announcing plans Friday that will see it begin testing this year and even start using some components of 5G to commercially offer wireless broadband later this year.

For AT&T, there is a benefit to using the technology even before the cellphone standards are set, in order to meet its merger-related commitments to expand broadband access to rural and outlying communities that today have DSL or satellite as their only options.

“It’s very appealing for us to get an early version to do broadband replacement,” AT&T Chief Strategy Officer John Donovan told Re/code. AT&T plans to begin lab testing in the first half of the year, working with Intel and Ericsson, followed by field testing in Austin to determine how the 5G equipment handles real-world conditions like rain and wind. That will be particularly important as one component expected to be part of any 5G standard is the use of high-frequency waves that can move data far faster, but also travel shorter distances and are more subject to interference.

原文链接:http://recode.net/2016/02/11/att-like-verizon-to-begin-testing-5g-wireless-this-year-as-u-s-aims-to-stay-ahead-of-the-pack/

 


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