AT&T to purchase Straight Path Communications for $1.25 billion. (apparently one of the largest owners of 28 GHz and 39 GHz millimeter wave spectrum). http://www.prnewswire.com/news-relea...300437087.html
Just think, by the time they are finished acquiring everyone else, they will have finished putting LTE on their entire network!
I guess this goes with their airgig stuff or is that different?
Another line is here:
"These licenses cover the entire United States, including all of the top 40 markets." Well, duh, if the license covers the entire US, it MUST cover the top 40 markets! Who writes this stuff? Maybe they're trying to emphasize the top 40 markets because this spectrum is only going to be useful in a VERY limited number of places, perhaps just those top 40 markets because of extremely short signal range and other factors. It's not like they are going to be able to blanket even the interstate and US highway systems with this stuff, it's just not possible.
This makes sense considering Verizon acquired XO for their mmWave spectrum.
Why am I bringing that up? Directv broadcasts from the skies above us using the Ku band for legacy stuff, and the Ka band for virtually all MPEG4 HD and 4K delivery. This is important because... Ku exists between 12-18 ghz. And Ka exists between 27-40 ghz. So they have an in-built medium for delivery of these ranges, and more importantly an in-built way to receive them - roughly 30 million ways to receive them into a home.
Just some food for thought, as potentially insane as it sounds...
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This 5g crap is going to need Tower's/phone poles/light posts every 200 yards and fiber to feed them all. Not going to happen where there is no internet today. I/E out in sticks and when all this 5g talk started 5g was going to finally bring internet to us stick people. BULL
Knowing AT&T, it's going to be called 6G by the time it's actually rolled out. And when it is rolled out, it will be rolled out in very small areas with gaps of many miles, until 7 or 8G comes out, which will actually be 5G in the real world.
mmWave is already being used for PTP communications up 1700 m...
That's still longer than two football fields.
But, for rural applications...a few kilometers isn't much unless lower bands like 600 MHz are used and even then speeds will be limited compared to mmWave.
The first sentence pretty much summed up the the possibilities for 5G..
like virtual and augmented reality, telemedicine, autonomous cars, smart cities and more.
This is something AT&T wants to make a play for..