AT&T has filed an application with the FCC seeking a three-year license to conduct tests of experimental equipment that would support 5G multi-gigabyte per second applications for fixed and wireless communication.
According to the application, AT&T wants to conduct “fixed and mobile” tests in the Austin, Texas area in the 3.4-3.6 GHz, 3.7-4.2 GHz, 14.5-15.35 GHz and 27.5-28.5 GHz frequency bands. The experimental system would support voice, video and data transmissions, the carrier said.
AT&T said it is seeking to conduct the experiments now to allow for trials before the finalization of 3GPP’s 5G standards in 2018 and 2019.
Though the carrier’s exact test specifications are redacted in the public version of the document, AT&T said its proposed experiments would “involve base stations that would transmit signals to and receive signals from experimental equipment located on-board mobile vehicles and on fixed stations in and within five (5) kilometers of the Austin area.”