AT&T Details 5G Plans for 2017, Select Cell Sites Expected to Hit 1Gbps Speeds


This week, AT&T laid outs its game plan for 5G in 2017, including speeds it expects to see at specific cell sites and upcoming trials with DIRECTV NOW streaming. 

According to AT&T, the company fully expects to reach theoretical speeds of up to 1Gbps at select cell sites, with three-way carrier aggregation under way in select areas and four-way aggregation coming later this year.

Additionally, AT&T intends to begin a 5G trial with DIRECTV NOW in the first half of 2017. In Austin, TX, the trial will have DIRECTV NOW streamed over a fixed wireless 5G connection, supporting multiple devices, allowing AT&T to get a sense of how 5G handles a heavy video traffic load.

We have been hearing quite a bit about 5G from AT&T and Verizon, but currently, as consumers, we are still a bit away from an actual launch. We’ll keep you posted.

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