AT&T Targets First Standardized 5G Services in 2018 after 3GPP Standards Acceleration

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AT&T said that the operator is targeting now for standards-based mobile 5G services as soon as the end of 2018.

The statement came after the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) wireless standards body agreed to accelerate some elements in the 5G new radio (NR) timeline.

“We’re also actively taking on 5G trials across multiple cities and AT&T Lab locations. In 2016, we launched the industry’s first 5G fixed wireless business customer trial in Austin. In 2017, we will expand our activities and trials providing new, innovative mobile-first video services. In April we will start a second trial in Austin. The trial will allow residential and small-to-medium business customers to stream DIRECTV NOW and access next-gen entertainment and enhanced broadband services.” Andre Fuetsch, president of AT&T Labs and company CTO, wrote in a blog post.