People from some of the world’s most influential businesses visit our Executive Briefing Center in Dallas every day. The center is a place for us to showcase our latest innovations that can impact companies across a wide variety of industries.
When I get the chance to talk to these customers, the conversation often turns to 5G. These are the most frequently asked questions:
One of the first questions is almost always about speed. No question, 5G will be fast. Ultrafast. We’ve already been putting that speed on display in our mmWave fixed wireless trials in markets across the U.S. As of July 2018, we’ve added even more cities to the mix.
5G will offer businesses so much more than just faster speeds, though.
When added to existing network architectures and combined with other next-generation technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and other Edge-to-Edge capabilities, 5G will alter the very DNA of our user experience in dramatic, exciting ways – from retail to financial services, transportation to manufacturing, to healthcare and beyond.
From interactive personalized experiences, to technicians using context-sensitive 3D animations to complete repairs, 5G means new opportunities for businesses to innovate. Imagine what it can do for yours.
... 5G will offer businesses so much more than just faster speeds
We expect 5G to unlock experiences of the future like augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), automated cars, telemedicine and connected buildings in smart cities.
Imagine if firemen could see the layout of the building in their helmets to find those in need much faster. That’s something tomorrow’s 5G could enable. In some cases, it could be truly life-saving. In addition to speed, the following characteristics make the future 5G network special:
The industry expectation for 5G latency is less than 5 milliseconds – it probably took you about 4,000 times longer to read this sentence.
Consider what kind of difference these benefits could make. We could know how likely it is for a football player to have a concussion, based on the data from the force of an impact. Or in manufacturing, the capabilities of 5G will save time and money by helping to identify machine defects sooner.
One of the biggest tasks we now have is to educate companies across all industries on the expected capabilities of 5G, and what those will mean for them. That’s when the light bulb goes on.
Once we start talking to business leaders about their industry-specific applications and services, they realize the benefits. Adding 5G technologies to existing network architectures will not only allow businesses to modernize – it will disrupt entire industries.
Here are some examples how:
There are so many possibilities. What excites me most are the ones we haven’t yet imagined.
At AT&T, we’re leading the evolution to 5G. We’re always evolving our network and looking forward to what’s next. The work we’re doing on our network today is laying the foundation for 5G tomorrow.
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