AT&T Works with Samsung, Ericsson, Nokia and Intel to Expand Fixed Wireless 5G Trials

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AT&T is working with Samsung, Ericsson, Nokia and Intel to expand its Fixed Wireless 5G Trials.

As part of this initiative, AT&T is expanding its fixed wireless 5G trials to business and residential customers in Waco, Texas; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and South Bend, Indiana by the end of the year.

AT&T is delivering speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second and latency rates well under 10 milliseconds for the radio link at customer trial locations in Austin. It is also conducting outdoor pre-standards mobile 5G testing.

As one of the top North American wireless carrier contributors into the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) wireless standards body’s work on 5G standards, it is contributing key trial findings from Austin into the standards process.

“In Austin, we see all types of weather and substantial foliage,” said Marachel Knight, senior vice president, Wireless Network Architecture and Design, AT&T. “Taking our fixed wireless 5G trials out of the lab and into the real world helps us learn important factors about mmWave and 5G. And in doing so, we’re learning how to better design our network for the future.”

At the same time, trial participants in Austin are experiencing a glimpse into the future and seeing the real-life benefits that tomorrow’s 5G will offer.

“We’ve been giving Austinites the best car wash and service experiences for over 20 years, and this trial sounded like a way to make those experiences even better. Think about it – everyone’s on their phones in the waiting room. Now, our customers can pass the time with entertainment on the latest internet connection,” said Dave Swenson, owner, Arbor Car Wash & Lube Center. “No one else can claim they trialed the first 5G-enabled car wash.”

In these markets, AT&T plans to increase the number of participants and expand the physical footprint. It will continue to test fixed and mobile wireless solutions operating in mmWave spectrum in the field and our testbeds. Learnings from these new fixed wireless 5G trials will help speed up standards based deployment as early as late 2018.

Trial participants in the new markets may include universities, hospitals, churches, restaurants, and other small businesses. Participants will be able to stream premium live TV via DIRECTV NOW and experience faster broadband services, all over a 5G internet connection.

“We’ve been testing and demonstrating 5G technologies with AT&T for over a year and now we’re expanding the scope of our trial to AT&T customers in Waco,” said Joakim Sorelius, head of Product Area Network Systems at Ericsson. “Ericsson is providing an end to end solution that includes new 28GHz radios, virtualized RAN and a full 5G virtualized Core. By testing the technologies in the live commercial-like environment and trialing new 5G use cases together, we are able to gain valuable experience in preparation for commercial deployments based on 3GPP New Radio (NR) technology.”

“We’re taking what we’ve learned with the Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform in Austin to new markets. This way we can test more real-world uses of 5G technology with our infrastructure collaborators as an ecosystem. We’re testing from the network, cloud and device to make 5G a reality,” said Sandra Rivera, senior vice president and general manager of Intel Corporation’s Network Platforms Group and 5G executive sponsor.

“Samsung’s end-to-end 5G solution lets AT&T customers experience this next generation wireless service,” said Wilf Norrlinger, vice president & general manager of Sales, Networks, Samsung Electronics America. “Samsung will deliver its 5G network solution in South Bend, Indiana for this trial. This includes a 5G router for businesses and homes. The foundation is built on Samsung’s 5G RFIC chipset and virtualized core and vRAN so deploying and operating is faster and easier.”

“Nokia is excited to be working with AT&T to advance 5G and take our learnings from the lab to the real world with AT&T enterprise and residential consumers,” said Ricky Corker, executive vice president and head of North America for Nokia. “This deployment will offer a good environment to test a multitude of new use cases and deployment challenges within our fixed trial, but also as we extend this to include mobility.”