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Arizona's Trucom Partners with AT&T Mobility
Trucom, the Arizona CLEC business of TPT Global Tech, has completed its AT&T (News - Alert) Mobility wireless certification. The press release says that means the Phoenix-based company is ready to roll with a service based on the cellular giant’s 4G and 5G technologies.
Trucom is a facilities-based provider offering cloud, engineering, fiber optic, hosted firewall, hosted PBX (News - Alert), internet, managed MPLS, phone, Wi-Fi, WiMax, wireless, and wiring and cabling services. Its parent company, TPT Global Tech, is out of San Diego, Calif., and provides an array of network and as-a-service offerings across the U.S.
“We operate our own carrier class fiber optic network, our own state of the art wireless point-to-point network, and our own patent-pending proprietary technology seamlessly integrating the two,” according to the business part of the Trucom website.
For residential customers, Trucom offers three broadband packages, one offering up to 7 megabit per second service, one offering up to 15 megabit per second service, and one offering up to 20 megabit per second service.
As for the AT&T 4G network, the carrier’s website says it covers more than 308 million people. Lately the cellular company has been deploying 4G LTE (News - Alert)-Advanced technology in its network. And, like the other big cellular carriers, AT&T is working with its suppliers to evaluate and test pre-5G technology while the 3GPP and ITU standards bodies continue their work related to 5G.
As I and many of my colleagues in the press recently reported, AT&T has been using the term 5G to market new services. But nobody is delivering commercial 5G at this time. AT&T’s so-called 5G Evolution service actually appears to be based on 4G LTE-Advanced technology.
“3GPP is still developing LTE, and we are not waiting for the 5G standard to be developed to address certain markets,” says Chris Pearson (News - Alert), president of 5G Americas, an industry association dedicated to the progress of LTE and 5G in North America, Central America, and South America. For example, he says, the 3GPP’s recent Release 13 addresses more efficient power usage, which is particularly important for Internet of Things applications.”
5G will allow for connectivity speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second – providing parity with wireline speeds, will be able to support a larger number of devices (like millions or billions of them), and will be capable of delivering ultra reliable low latency communications. That last feature will help cellular service providers support things like the connected car and remote surgery via robotics.
Edited by Maurice Nagle