AT&T* has scheduled our first public demonstration of 5G millimeter wave technology. We’ll conduct the demo Oct. 18 with Ericsson at the Texas Wireless Summit, at the Blanton Museum of Art Edgar Smith Building at the University of Texas at Austin.
For the past several months, we’ve been working with Ericsson and others in the industry to test 5G and millimeter wave technologies in our labs. Millimeter wave technology presents new abilities and challenges for mobile networks. We expect it to be an essential component of our 5G plans.
The 5G demo will show the possibilities of millimeter wave radio access technology for the networks of the future.
“We’ve been working hard on this here at our lab in Austin. Now, we’re revealing our 5G progress to the public,” said Dave Wolter, assistant vice president, Radio Technology and RAN Architecture, AT&T. “Our 5G lab trials with Ericsson have shown great results. We reached speeds up to 14 gigabits per second in early tests. As we progress, we hope to continue to accelerate industry standards. ”
The demo system uses large system bandwidth, analog beam forming with ultra-fast beam selection, feedback-based hybrid precoding, 4x4 Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) and dynamic beam tracking, beam acquisition and more.
We’ll demo multi-gigabit per second bandwidth, 4K HD video streams, MIMO and dynamic beam tracking and acquisition at this year’s event.
The 5G demonstration system will help us develop proof of concept systems that will evolve to meet targeted 5G objectives. These include handling more data and more connected devices much faster, lowering latency and increasing battery life.
We’re structuring this demo and our 5G trials in such a way that we’re able to contribute to the international 5G standards development and pivot to compliant commercial deployments once standards are set by 3GPP. In short, these tests will help set our strategy for future deployment to deliver multi-gigabit wireless speeds 10-100 times faster than today’s average 4G LTE wireless connections.
In addition to our 5G testing and trials in Austin, we’re also conducting system and software architecture lab work in Middletown, N.J., Atlanta and San Ramon, Calif.
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