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AT&T DirecTV Now 5G trial, plans route back into broadband

As in all things 5G, most of what AT&T said this week about its new DirecTV Now trials in Austin Texas was a lot of nonsense. It said in effect that it was taking its 5G wireless trial out of the lab and into the streets. But it tried also to imply that this meant 5G was nearer, it isn’t; that this was a specific delivery mechanism for DirecTV Now – when it’s just low latency, high packet rate IP delivery. AT&T is leveraging the decision which it pushed for at the March plenary meeting of the 3GPP in Croatia, where it was agreed that a non-stand-alone version of 5G could be completed ahead of the full 5G standard. This…

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