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Intel Collaborates with AT&T, Ericsson on First 5G Business Customer Trial

7 December 2016
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Intel has partnered with AT&T and Ericsson to launch the first 5G business customer trial at Intel’s Austin, Texas, facility. As part of the collaboration, Intel and Ericsson are providing 5G infrastructure and connectivity technology for the millimeter wave (mmWave) end-user device and gateway powering this next-generation wireless network experience.

Murthy Renduchintala (second from right), president of Intel’s Client and Internet of Things (IoT) Businesses and Systems Architecture Group, is joined by (from left) Tom Keathley, senior vice president at AT&T, Seize Onoe, chief technology officer at Docomo, John Gordon, chief digital officer at Current powered by GE, and high-tech journalist Stacey Higginbotham at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. During his keynote, Renduchintala and the group spoke about the importance of 5G in an increasingly connected world. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

According to AT&T, the trial is the first of its kind. AT&T has worked with Ericsson to conduct its first public 5G demo featuring streaming 4K HD video and real-time camera feeds — reaching speeds of nearly 14 gigabits per second. Now, AT&T, Intel and Ericsson are taking this 5G technology out of the lab to explore what benefits it can provide in a real-world business setting.

Future 5G networks will provide the communications backbone for data-rich services and sophisticated cloud apps, delivered faster and more efficiently than ever.

 


During the trial, gigabits per second bandwidth will let the three companies jointly test multiple enterprise proof-of-concept use cases. This includes internet access, VPN, unified communications applications and 4K video streams. The trial will showcase the potential of 5G voice-over-IP over the 15GHz and 28GHz spectrum bands.

“Intel is committed to collaborating with industry leaders to develop leading technologies and solutions that expedite network readiness for the successful early roll out of 5G,” said Aicha Evans, corporate vice president and general manager of the Communications and Devices Group of Intel. “We are excited to work with AT&T on this initial trial as we work to deliver the products and investments that will bring 5G to life.”

This announcement is part of Intel’s ongoing work with operators, service providers and equipment manufacturers — from networking to wireless communications — to define standards and deliver products that will bring 5G to life.

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