AUSTIN, TEXAS -2016 ATIS 5G Symposium -Speakers from AT&T and Verizon helped explain why early 5G services in the US are focused on delivering fixed wireless broadband to the home here on Monday.
5G is expected to deliver data over the air tens to hundreds of times faster than current 4G networks. In real-world terms, that means a user could potentially download a high-def movie over a 5G network in seconds -- and presumably blast through your data limit that fast too.
Just don't expect to be wandering round your town or city, pulling down data at supersonic rates on your smartphone or tablet. Both Dave Wolter, assistant VP of radio technology and architecture at AT&T Labs , and Gerry Flynn, director of corporate technology at Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), see fixed as one of the early focuses for 5G. (See AT&T 5G Trials to Start With Fixed 15GHz Tests and Verizon Hits 1-Gig+ in 5G Trials, Eyes Early Applications.)
For all the latest news on 5G, visit the dedicated 5G site here on Light Reading. Verizon has already said that it will do a fixed wireless pilot sometime in 2017 using 28GHz millimeter wave technology. "If you were to ask what’s our priority for 28GHz, it's fixed to the home," said Verizon's Flynn, adding, "fixed is somewhat easier."