AT&T, VERIZON WANT TO CONTINUE TESTING 5G IN 28 GHZ BAND
By Sean Kinney, Managing Editor on AUGUST 16, 2017
Continuing efforts to gain a better understanding of RF transmission in high-band frequencies, both Verizon and AT&T–who are already testing a fixed wireless access application of 5G using 28 GHz spectrum–have asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to keep that R&D work going.
AT&T wants a six-month “special temporary authority” to test 5G equipment using the 28 GHz band in Dallas, Texas. In this test, AT&T will connect a base station and UE at a distance of about 10 meters all inside a building with “concrete walls and windows with coated glass.”
Down I-35 in Austin, Texas, AT&T has tested 5G fixed wireless access at 15 GHz and 28 GHz. Trials included an enterprise-focused test at an Intel office, then, for consumers, delivery of DirecTV via millimeter wave transmissions.
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