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The State Of 5G Technology: Where Telecoms Stand

While some carriers say that it's still too early for 5G technology, others are rolling out testing in preparation for commercial deployments. Here's where the large telecoms are today.

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AT&T Conservatively Approaching 5G

Telecommunications giant AT&T is taking a measured approach to 5G. The Dallas-based carrier said it isn't making any sudden movements until the International Telecommunications Union forms industry standards for the next generation of cellular technology.

While the carrier doesn't believe 5G is anywhere close to being ready for prime time, AT&T did say that it plans to have 5G trials happening by the end of 2016. However, AT&T will first test 5G technology in labs before rolling out trials to its consumer and business customers.

According to AT&T Chief Strategy Officer John Donovan in an interview at Mobile World Congress, the carrier is better equipped for 5G technologies because it needed to build out fixed high-speed Internet services to gain regulatory approval for its $48.5 billion DirecTV acquisition. This leaves the carrier in a great place to support next-generation technology, Donovan said.

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