5G Tech Demonstrated for Defense Logistics

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AT&T successfully demonstrated its 5G networking capabilities for defense applications. The company completed its first milestone toward proving the capabilities of its 5G network solution to enable “smart warehouse” applications, e.g. robotics, sensors, and more, for a US Department of Defense’s Naval Base in San Diego. 

The 5G network solution demonstrated data throughput speeds greater than 4 gigabits per second with less than 10 milliseconds of latency using AT&T 5G spectrum and a private 5G Core and Radio Access Network (RAN). This performance was demonstrated with commercially available commodity mobile devices at a testbed facility.

In October 2020, the Department of Defense (DOD) announced $600 million in awards for 5G experimentation and testing at five U.S. military test sites, representing the largest full-scale 5G tests for dual-use applications in the world. 

The successful demonstration allows the program to advance to its next stage: delivering AT&T 5G across the 120,000 square foot Naval Base Coronado warehouse. There, the company expects to efficiently and securely connect smart warehouse application infrastructure to provide high-speed, low-latency 5G connectivity for autonomous mobile robots, video cameras, Internet of Things (IoT), and AR/VR systems that will enable inventory tracking, transshipment and other elements of DOD’s objectives for the test. 

With the completion of the 5G tests, AT&T is now shipping equipment to Naval Base Coronado for the next stage of testing, according to att.com.