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Due to tight competition with other companies in the United States, mobile service provider AT&T has announced plans to offer 5G mobile Internet.
AT&T’s move to soon offer fifth-generation mobile Internet, or simply 5G, is a result of their recent market losses. As of March 2017, the company has reportedly lost 191,000 subscribers to other mobile service providers that offer new unlimited data plans. As a countermeasure, AT&T lowered the price of their postpaid plans and invested in new and better technology, including 5G.
AT&T’s 5G technology will bring high-speed wireless Internet to the public. It is predicted to have a speed of 1Gbps, which is twice the speed of the current 4G. This kind of Internet speed can maximize mobile entertainment, as it will reduce lag for games and buffer time for videos. It can also support complicated phone applications. These advantages prompted several other electronic companies to support AT&T by investing in the research and development of 5G.
In preparation for the launch of their new high-tech service, AT&T plans to conduct trials in the city of Austin, Texas. Using 5G mobile Internet, participants from the residential areas will stream videos to test its speed, while participants from the business sector will conduct conference calls in addition to streaming videos.
According to AT&T’s records, customers mostly use their mobile data to stream videos. This has greatly contributed to the 250,000% estimated increase in the company’s overall data usage since 2007. Usage is expected to rise further with the launch of 5G technology, which will be available to the public by 2020.