AT&T announced that it holds preliminary discussions with 14 companies among suppliers, operators and manufacturers of chipsets with the aim of accelerating the deployment of 5G once 3GPP complete the first official release of the specifications for this technology in 2018.
To date, US carrier is in talks with China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, KDDI, LG, Nokia, with which tested for mmWave-, NTT DoCoMo, Qualcomm Technologies, Samsung, SK Telecom, Telstra and Vodafone and expects to add other industry players soon.
“We join other technology leaders to find and solve the key problems and take early normalization 5G to market faster,” said Vice President of Wireless Network Architecture AT & T, Tom Keathley. “Linking the process of testing standards is the fastest for global deployment of 5G large-scale way,” he added.
AT&T seeks to accelerate the testing based on standards developed under the specifications New Radio (NR) 3GPP. For the operator, focus on these specifications will help ensure that the technology will work correctly against future updates.
AT&T is working with several global technology leaders and operators to align on 5G. The efforts are in preparation for the release of the official 3GPP specifications which will form the basis of the global standards. The goal is to enable faster 5G deployment once 3GPP completes the first release of the official specifications. An official technology standard makes the roll-out experience smoother which will help businesses and consumers get 5G technology even faster.
The company aims with these initiatives improve their position facing the commercial launch of 5G. ABI Research estimates that revenue from this technology will amount to 247,000 million for 2025, when there will be robust deployments in North America.