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AT&T's 5G ambitions expand, adding Middletown, NJ to its trial sites

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The trial locations, which could include more cities, will roll out by the end of the summer.

The early trials in various locations are part of AT s efforts to help finalize an international standard for 5G connectivity.

AT says it was able to achieve speeds greater than 10 gigabits per second in early tests, but that is well under the expected 5G speeds ranging from 20 to nearly 80Gbps.

Before we get to our next sci-fi future, however, a lot of hard, boring work must be done, such as deciding how to utilize sub-6Hz and millimeter wave spectrum, and technologies like advanced beamforming.

2020 is probably when we ll see global volume deployments, but we ll probably start to see a lot of action, in an evolutionary way, ahead of 2020—2017, 2018, 2019, he said.

Suri announced Nokia s next-generation base station technology, called AirScale Radio Access, saying it will be 5G-ready, largely because so much of the system will operate in software.

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