AT&T Makes First Wireless 5G Data Transfer Over Millimeter Wave

Today’s topics include AT&T making the world’s first mobile 5G millimeter wave data transfer, and Corelight expanding its network security platform based on the open-source Bro project.

AT&T said that last weekend in Waco, Texas, it made the world’s first wireless 5G data transfer over millimeter wave using standards-based production equipment with a mobile form factor device.

According to AT&T CTO Andre Fuetsch, “We’re at the dawn of something new that will define the next decade and generation of connectivity. Future smart factories and retailers, self-driving cars, untethered virtual and augmented realities, and other yet-to-be-discovered experiences will grow up on tomorrow’s 5G networks.”

AT&T’s 5G deployment strategy includes using millimeter wave spectrum to deploy 5G in pockets of dense areas, where demand on the network is high and extra capacity and coverage are needed most. In other parts of urban areas and in suburban and rural areas, the company plans to deploy 5G on its mid- and low-band spectrum holdings.

On Sept. 11, Corelight announced that it raised $25 million in a Series B round of funding. The news of new funding followed the company’s announcements on Sept. 6 of a new virtual sensor platform and enhanced packages for the Bro platform.

"We're commercializing open-source software that has its origin in the 1990s," Greg Bell, CEO of Corelight, told eWEEK. "Bro started around the same time as other great open-source security projects like Snort and Nesuss, which both led to great companies, with Sourcefire and Tenable, and we see Corelight very much in the tradition of those companies."

The open-source Bro project, unlike Snort or Nessus, is a network security monitoring technology that provides an analysis framework. According to Bell, Corelight is "now extending the product line into the virtual realm." He said, "Our vision really is to allow enterprises achieve great network visibility wherever and however they need it."