AT&T® Communications CEO Speaks on All Things 5G at New York

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The CEO of AT&T® Communications, John Donovan, spoke on the proposed merger of carriers T-Mobile® and Sprint® and the things that matter to the industry, in particular 5G services, at a recent media and communications conference held in New York. Donovan said the fastest internet provider “certainly won’t contest it,” pointing out that T-Mobile® and Sprint® have “embarked on a slightly different version” of business expansion through a proposed merger that awaits a regulatory approval.

T-Mobile’s agreement to acquire Sprint® was in a bid to compete with AT&T® and Verizon Wireless®. The Dallas-based Telco had acquired the wireless provider’s assets in mostly rural areas that are spread across 18 states. “Each of us has embarked on a path that’s different enough that there’s nothing [a rival can do] that’s going to hit our sweet spot,” said Donovan, adding that nothing will “be as harmful as is our inability to execute a thing that we’ve already taken on.”

AT&T® has been testing out its evolution capabilities with 5G trials, often dubbed as fixed wireless trials, in various cities to measure its performance. The 5G trials of AT&T® have come across “the fewest of surprises,” as yet, says Donovan, and that it has no downsides on latency or speed, even as the network transition takes place at a rapid pace in the industry. In fact, he has been surprised that enterprise subscribers are calling AT&T® Communications in anticipation of a real-time network with ultra-low latency. To achieve that goal, the telephone carrier is on track for this year’s mobile 5G deployment plans it has announced previously, followed by the launch of 5G phones next year.

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The 5G plans of AT&T® will depend on mmWave spectrum deployment in larger areas like factories and parks, and one that falls back on lower frequencies for giving 5G networks a footprint that is present everywhere. Referring to 1 Gbps speeds expected from a 5G internet as “Gig,” Donovan elaborated the gen-next technology’s capability to transform the ways in which people see public spaces, pointing out that “millimeter wave is going to create Gig zones with hyper-low latency.” The “Gig zones” he was referring to are parks that will transform into wireless-enabled, virtual-reality, areas thanks to spectrum between 300 and 300 gigahertz.

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