AT&T Will Test its High-Speed 5G Network with DirecTV Now

Technology - Pavan Pandey - Jan 06,2017

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atandt will test its high speed 5g network with directv now

The US wireless carrier, AT&T Company, announced at the CES Tech Show that it plans to initiate testing its faster 5G network for streaming videos over DirecTV Now.

As per the announcement of AT&T, the trial, projected to take place in the first half of this year, will test how well the next-generation wireless network handles heavy video traffic. AT&T also teamed up with Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies for broadband and mobile tests of the 5G network in the second half of 2017.

The telecommunication giant, AT&T stated that its 5G connectivity has hit speeds of up to 14Gbps (gigabits per second) in lab tests, meaningfully faster than the present 4G network. This would significantly reduce the delay for downloading and streaming videos, shows and movies over a wireless connection.

Testing 5G connectivity using DirecTV Now will be one of the record demanding technical tests AT&T has implemented on what it hopes will be the network of the upcoming generation. By building wireless speeds so much faster, corporations like AT&T may acquire more customers to use more data and also pay for it.

The Chief strategy Officer (CSO) of AT&T, John Donovan, said he assumes the company to provide the first commercial so-called point-to-point 5G network service in the next year and the first mobile 5G network service should be commercially accessible in 2019.

According to Mr. Donovan, data usage on AT&T’s mobile network has improved approximately 250,000 percent since the year 2007, and the mainstream of that traffic is ‘video’. He also perceived 5G network as an advantage to other products being showcased at CES consumer electronics show including the Internet of Things (IoT), augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), 4K video and driverless vehicles.

The rival of AT&T, Verizon Communications Inc. stated in July 2016 that it has also laid out procedures to conduct the tests for the 5G network in 2017.