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    AT&T working on 5G tech: starting trial this year in Austin, TX

    http://about.att.com/story/unveils_5...ng_trials.html

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    http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=17234

    I thought there wasn't a 5G standard yet.

    If att is testing 5G, I assume tmobile is as well. I think tmobile mentioned it before that their 5G once launched will be the best.

    Their dense cell density should help, compared to ATT that has to use more cell sites to densify their lte network.

    https://newsroom.t-mobile.com/issues...work-recap.htm

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    All the 5G testing by the carriers is an attempt to be one step ahead of the current explosion of IoT devices. 5G is practically tailor made for IoT.

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    Current 4GLTE or LTE w/ proper bandwidth and backhaul isn't more than adequate for todays needs?

    Or will this new 5G be more efficient?

    Just curious

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    Quote Originally Posted by MEDIX1011 View Post
    Current 4GLTE or LTE w/ proper bandwidth and backhaul isn't more than adequate for todays needs?

    Or will this new 5G be more efficient?

    Just curious
    Maybe battery life improvement and pro-claimed 2Gbps downloads.

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    5G is an all data network which inherently makes it more efficient. However 5G also has a focus on low power, short burst transmissions as well as high speed large transmissions.

    Current networks just focus on speed not efficient transmissions. So the only way to go low power is to use an older tech like GSM or EVDO and limit the size of the data.

    IoT devices don't need large amounts of data. Low power, efficient transmissions that can happen every second are best.

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    That's good to hear 5G will go back to making sure your battery isn't dead by 2pm.

    Are they going to finally make the technologies as robust as old ones? I don't care if the max speed is only 1.5gbps vs. 2gbps, if it can be more stable and travel a lot further, that's a minor sacrifice.

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