AT&T launches 5G trial with DirecTV in Texas

AT&T has launched its second trial using millimetre wave (mmWave) technology to deliver an ultra-fast 5G network experience to more locations in Austin, Texas.

In 2016, AT&T completed the industry’s first fixed wireless 5G business customer trial in Austin.  The second trial delivers an ultra-fast internet connection to residential, small business and enterprise locations using Ericsson’s 5G RAN and the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform. The trial participants can stream premium live TV via DirecTV NOW and experience faster broadband services—all over a fixed wireless 5G signal.

“The technology behind 5G is important. But it’s also about advancing social trends like mobile video streaming,” said Marachel Knight, senior vice president, Wireless Network Architecture and Design, AT&T. “In Austin, we’re testing DirecTV NOW over ultra-fast internet speeds at a variety of locations. The network of the future will help redefine what connectivity means to both consumers and businesses. This trial helps show that the new reality is coming fast.”

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