AT&T invites Nokia to join 5G party

8 Jun 2016

AT&T has announced that it is now working with Finnish vendor Nokia to expand its 5G laboratory trials. In addition to the 5G tests that are ongoing in Austin, Texas, the telco has begun system and software architecture lab work in Middletown, New Jersey; Atlanta, Georgia; and San Ramon, California. AT&T says that its 5G trial approach will ultimately help deliver a cost-effective wireless experience built with software-defined networking (SDN), data analytics, security and open source software to quickly adapt to new consumer and business demands.

Tom Keathley, AT&T’s senior vice president (wireless network architecture and design), commented: ‘We’ve seen great results in our 5G lab trials, including reaching speeds above 10Gbps in early tests with Ericsson. Nokia is joining to help us test millimetre wave (mmWave), which we expect to play a key role in 5G development and deployment. The work coming out of AT&T Labs will pave the way toward future international 5G standards and allow us to deliver these fast 5G speeds and network performance across the US.’