AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon respond to satellite's 28 GHz sharing concerns
May 10, 2016
While Verizon (NYSE: VZ) has been out in front waving the 5G banner for some time now, positioning itself as the leader that will deploy next-generation wireless before anyone else in the U.S., AT&T (NYSE: T) is no slouch when it comes to 5G -- according to AT&T.
"We haven't been sitting still on 5G. We've been doing a lot of work in the labs ourselves," said Scott Mair, senior vice president of technology planning and engineering at AT&T Services during the Jefferies 2016 Technology Conference today in Miami.
Mair said that typical commercial wireless deployments occur roughly a year after standards are issued, and he said the "Phase 1" 5G standards are currently scheduled to be released September of 2018.
In the meantime, Mair said AT&T expects to conduct a lot of work. "There's going to be a lot of labs work going on, a lot of labs testing, lots of proofs of concept. There's going to be some level of field deployments going on as well, as everybody is learning in this space," he said. "I know Verizon has announced what they plan to do by end of year '17, with some pre-standards gear. We will be doing the same. We expect that we will be doing some field level involvement with pre-standards gear by end of year '17. It's the way that you learn."