AT&T announced to launch 5G in 2018

“5G will change the way we live, work and enjoy entertainment,” said Melissa Arnoldi, president, AT&T Technology and Operations. “We’re moving quickly to begin deploying mobile 5G this year and start unlocking the future of connectivity for consumers and businesses. With faster speeds and ultra-low latency, 5G will ultimately deliver and enhance experiences like virtual reality, future driverless cars, immersive 4K video and more.”

Are US operators real 5G market leaders or rather 5G marketing leaders?

Today AT&T published to launch 5G in 2018. It is recently another press announcement, which is showing that some operator is real 5G pioneer. After 5G NR specification was successfully completed, we can observe real 5G deployment statements movement.

Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm reported successful Massive-MIMO trial. It was first successful FDD Massive MIMO trial and what is important with compatible user device. It’s true, that it’s a great achievement, but actually Masive-MIMO is  LTE capability enhancement technology. It’s 5G related technological pillar for spectrum efficiency enhancement, but without 5G site (gNB) does it make it 5G?

T-Mobile US, Nokia, and Intel publicized 28GHz mmWave field test using commercial radio system. It’s hard to find any details  related to trial results like achieved throughput, coverage performance and relation with user experience and so on.

Innovation leadership competition

Summarizing, AT&T as the others US operators didn’t provide any clear plan and related concept when and how 5G network will be available for its customers and which use case will lead successful business. What has to be admitted, considerable efforts are visible to define global market leader in 5G race. Maybe such awareness popularizing is opening people’s minds and making United Stated global capital of  innovations.


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