AT&T Runs 5G To DirecTV: Residential Customers in Austin, Texas First To Test Wireless Network’s Handling Of Heavy Video Traffic [UPDATED]


AT&T is definitely trailing an ambitious project this year as it announces this week at CES that they will begin testing its 5G network, believed to be faster and holds up to the challenge of accommodating the heavy traffic of streaming videos through DirecTV Now. The company will pilot test its 5G Wireless Network to households in Austin, Texas.

Although it is still a trial, AT&T points out that its 5G service has hit speeds of up 14 gigabits per second in lab tests, significantly faster than the current 4G network, CNN Money reported. The service is yet to prove its main goal to cut the delay of streaming or downloading movies and show over a wireless connection.

Residential customers in Austin will be able to stream DirecTV Now over a fixed connection. Results of the trial will open partnerships with Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson for mobile and fixed wireless trials in subsequent months.

It can be noted that AT&T has joined the bandwagon of offering wireless high-speed revolution with companies like NTT DoCoMo, Huawei, Samsung, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon, Digital Trends reported. AT&T not to be outdone by its domestic and international rivals decided to push the notch higher of wireless network capabilities with its 5G service.

John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president at AT&T Technology and Operations stressed that the company's 5G evolution plans will pave the way to the next-generation of speeds for customers. Unlike its competitors that only play 1Gbps to 3Gbps download speed, AT&T boasts its 14Gbps wireless connection, fast enough to download a 15GB file in nine seconds.

Sources added that AT&T surpasses any current LTE network technology when it also boasted its latency of the time it takes for a video to begin streaming and a web page to load, and it measures less than three milliseconds surpassing the industry standard of five milliseconds.

With this type of service, consumers should expect to conform to the fact that with high-speed wireless connection is also high-pay for more data.

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