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AT&T Completes Important 5G Home Internet Testing

Mid age woman sitting at tableAT&T has been one of the earlier 5G home internet testers. 5G home internet brings the promise of gigabyte fiber speeds without the need to run fiber to every home.

AT&T for some time now has been testing 5G internet in towns like Austin, Texas, and now Dallas, Texas. AT&T has announced that they have now completed XGS-PON network testing that allows 10 Gbps and will be part of the backbone of AT&T’s 5G network.

Although for the average user this may not mean much, the end result is the dream of high-speed wireless internet is now a reality because AT&T has proved that not only does it work in the lab but it also works in the wild.

“In these field trials, the XGS-PON system tested multi-gigabit high-speed internet traffic and provided a seamless AT&T DIRECTV NOW video experience to trial participants. We used a virtualized Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) function to manage subscribers,” AT&T said in a press release. (http://about.att.com/story/xgspon_field_trials.html)

“Our network is constantly evolving. We’ll continue to execute our software-based network strategy to technologies like 5G, virtualized RAN, and G.FAST over time. Ultimately, instead of deploying islands of technology that have SDN control, we want to orchestrate the entire end-to-end network through ONAP,” said Eddy Barker, assistant vice president, Access Architecture and Design, AT&T.

With the completion of this testing, we are now one step closer to 5G becoming a reality. Both Verizon and AT&T have announced plans to bring 5G internet to the public starting later this year. Other companies such as Sprint, T-Mobile, Charter, Google, and Dish have also announced plans to launch 5G.

Here is a short demo we got of 5G in action at CES:

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2 Responses to AT&T Completes Important 5G Home Internet Testing

  1. Andrew Lindeman January 17, 2018 at 9:57 am #

    Wow, lots of acronym mush in the 2nd to last paragraph, but it sounds like great news! I’m not a rural homeowner- but I hope the ranges are such that this allows lots of rural locations to finally get decent bandwidth.

  2. dem816 January 18, 2018 at 8:08 am #

    Fingers crossed that I’ll FINALLY not be owned by Spectrum as the only option for high-speed Internet in our neighborhood. Funny (or not) how Spectrum has different pricing a few miles away where they have to compete against local Internet provider competition.