|Phenny Lynn Palec |||Dec 06, 2016 04:31 AM EST|
(Photo : Getty Images/ Tim Boyle) The AT&T logo is seen on the side of a service van in Des Plaines, Illinois.
In a race towards 5G network adoption, reports claim that AT&T have started testing the next generation data transfer technology. In a statement posted on the company's official blog post, AT&T said that it will start testing 5G technologies in the real world through its partnership with Ericsson and Intel. The company added that the tests will take place in one of the company's offices in Austin, Texas.
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AT&T is not the only company that started testing 5G technologies. According to Digital Trends, all four major telecommunication providers in the United States have started working on 5G, but AT&T and Verizon have been reported to have made significant progress compared with Sprint and T-Mobile.
AT&T's recent announcement is not surprising at all. The company revealed earlier this year that it will start testing 5G communication technologies in its Austin facility before the end of the year. AT&T said that the company wants to test how 5G technology handles the transmission and streaming of 4K video contents, according to Engadget. Moreover, the company is also expected to test the use of 5G in VoIP.
It is important to note that while 5G technology is being tossed around by several tech companies, regulatory commissions and standard organizations have yet to define 5G. This could mean that mass adoption and implementation of the technology will take years to be completed.
Most tech companies have expressed their intention to roll out 5G by 2020, although some tech analysts are somewhat skeptical about this timeframe. Moreover, once 5G technology is kicked off, it will most likely be in selected areas since implementing it to a wider audience means the construction of new infrastructures and this could take time.
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