While most of us are still trying to get our hands on a proper device with a decent 4G connection, AT&T is all set to introduce 5G internet connections. According to the company, Texas and Indianapolis will get 5G network by the end of this year.
Rumors say that the speeds of a 5G connection will be faster than current fiber network speeds. Mobile data connections would take a long time to catch up to those speeds. According to AT&T, 5G speeds are expected to go over 400Mbps and even up to 1Gbps in a few select areas.
More than a network connection.
The company’s decision to offer 5G to all its customers is not just a new network plan. It’s just a part of an upgrade called Indigo. With this new upgrade, AT&T will make its services more responsive and reduce loading times. By 2020, over 75% of the company will be running under software-defined networking and machine learning.
Open at the source.
According to reports from AT&T, the company also has plans to open-source its network platform which is called ECOMP. This will let other companies adopt and build on AT&T’s technology.
Still too early.
Though it all sounds fancy and tempting, 5G is still in its early stages. It’ll be more than a year before it becomes anything as common as 4G is now. Besides, the 5G technology still doesn’t have a mobile standard, which could take a long time.
To be honest, though, even in the current mobile-age, when 5G comes to the market, people wouldn’t be queuing up for it anytime soon. For most people, 4G is good enough. For now, at least.