AT&TAT&T has announced that it is working with several global tech leaders to enable faster 5G deployment once 3GPP completes the first release of the official specifications, which will form the basis of the global standards for the next-generation wireless technology.

Specifically, the carrier has entered preliminary discussions with Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, LG, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, SK Telecom, Telstra, Vodafone, and others to find and resolve key standards issues early and bring 5G to market sooner.

“We’re joining other tech leaders to find and resolve key standards issues early and bring 5G to market sooner,” said Tom Keathley, senior vice president- wireless network architecture and design, AT&T. “Interim and fragmented pre-standard specifications can distract from the ultimate goal. Linking trials to the standards process is the fastest path to large-scale global 5G deployment.”

AT&T began trialing 5G wireless technologies this year, including lab tests in the second quarter and outdoor tests in Middletown, New Jersey and Austin, Texas over the summer. The carrier anticipated 5G speeds to be 10 to 100 times faster than today's average 4G LTE connections, with reduced latency, and it achieved that goal in June when its 5G data speeds hit up to 10 Gbps in the lab.

As it stands, 5G is still a ways off. The 3GPP group aims to complete the first phase of the worldwide standards process by 2018, but AT&T's own 5G network rollout is not expected until a few years later in 2020. It also remains too soon to determine Apple's roadmap for 5G in terms of future iPhones. But, given AT&T's efforts, 5G deployment could take place at least somewhat sooner than anticipated.

Tags: AT&T, 5G

Top Rated Comments

garylapointe Avatar
75 months ago
You too can burn through your whole 40GB data plan in 7.3 minutes!!!

Can you tell I'm not sure what I'm going to use these speeds for in normal everyday use?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tkukoc Avatar
75 months ago
You too can burn through your whole 40GB data plan in 7.3 minutes!!!

Can you tell I'm not sure what I'm going to use these speeds for in normal everyday use?
And be charged double the price! I'm sure they'll have some garbage "sale" to promote 5G.. when it's really not a sale.. typical!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mikeyteh Avatar
75 months ago
I'm more excited about the new AT&T data plans coming on 8/21 ('https://www.macrumors.com/2016/08/17/att-mobile-share-advantage-plans/'), given that it will actually affect me now vs. years from now. Still, it's nice to see attention being paid by AT&T, Google, and others to wireless high speed.
[doublepost=1471454490][/doublepost]I can't wait to see spotty 5G service in 5-7 years, much like LTE service is today.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HobeSoundDarryl Avatar
75 months ago
Burning through data faster and faster and hard-capped data tiers seem slap in the (consumer) face to me.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sefstah Avatar
75 months ago
Why bother with 5G if you're just going to throttle your customers anyway?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
filmantopia Avatar
75 months ago
You too can burn through your whole 40GB data plan in 7.3 minutes!!!

Can you tell I'm not sure what I'm going to use these speeds for in normal everyday use?
"DO TELL ME how can people drive around these 'automobiles'? They're going to run right over the horses!"
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