b'5G IN THE DoDdata computing that requires low latency or is deemed sensitive or proprietary isspectrum (what AT&T calls 5G+), along processed locally within the internal network.with the 5G next-generation core, can take AR/VR outside the confines of a Lantzy, the head of AT&T Public Sectors Navy division, has spent more thanwired-up training room. 30 years at AT&Tfrom the era of 1G to the coming 5G boom. He says the networking advances that bring computing power closer to the edge representIts one thing to have your AR/VRCarl Tegensome of the most significant technology shifts the companyand the world connected to a server with a cable, has ever experienced.Tegen says. Maybe you can go to Wi-Fi, but that has its limitations. With 5G+, DoD is exploring prototypes that leverage 5G in different ways. Heres a deeperyou can enable a new capability that the dive into some of those projects that experts say could revolutionize the way theArmy doesnt have today.military services operate. Still, the technical demands are not small. Army: Ready for the Fight The sort of life-like experiences The Army spends a great deal of time, effort and resources transporting troopsenvisioned using AR/VR create a to far-flung areas to provide realistic training scenarios. What if the soldierstremendous amount of data and could strap on goggles outfitted withconsume bandwidth. Low latency is augmented reality technology that allowsalso essential in delivering an authenticThe Armys taken them to experience realistic scenarios fromexperience. Even a couple hundred anywhere? milliseconds can throw off the outcomes a big interest in this. Thats part of the promise of integratingin training. augmented and virtual reality into theAT&T is aware of the technical demands. The company has previously worked CARL TEGEN // CLIENT EXECUTIVE VP // AT&T PUBLIC SECTORARMYwarfighters training playbook.with Army training centers to boost capacity, building out dozens of cell towers to provide enhanced wireless capacity at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, The Armys taken a big interest in this, says Carl Tegen, client executive viceCalifornia, and at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana. president for AT&T Public Sectors Army division. AR/VR creates the capability to do things in augmented reality or virtual reality that would cost the military a lot ofThe next actual step would be to implement 5G, so that you could add AR/VR money to accomplish.technology to the training package and enable that capability for soldiers, Tegen says. The idea is a super realistic, dynamic experience that becomes so immersive, itsIntegrating AR/VR into Army training practices is all about preparing warfighters difficult to discern the physical from the virtualand mimics as close as possiblefor the mission, says Tegen, who spent 21 years in the Army before beginning his the kind of grueling conditions soldiers will actually face on the battlefield.two-decade-long career at AT&T. Currently with virtual exercises, transmitting such large amounts of data overAs a former soldier, I am pretty excited about how 5G can support combat cellular networks is too heavy of a lift. But in the future, 5G using mmWavereadiness, he says. I have a good understanding of what soldiers face, and its 6 7'