US mobile giant AT&T Mobility has unveiled plans to collaborate with Ericsson and Intel to work on 5G solutions in its labs this year. The tie-up will take effect in the second quarter of 2016, with outdoor tests and trials expected to be held over the summer. Going forward, AT&T aims to stage 5G field trials at fixed locations in Austin, Texas before the end of the year. The telco notes that the trials will help guide its 5G standards contributions, and set the stage for widespread commercial availability – once the technology standards for 5G have been established.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, AT&T’s chief rival Verizon Wireless divulged its own 5G plans back in September 2015. The US wireless market leader confirmed that it would work alongside international vendors Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung, with a view to beginning technology field trials in 2016, and staging a full commercial launch in 2020.