The 5G trial service will be distributed through a number of Wi-Fi access points covering the entire grounds of the Silos, and it is expected to enable faster wireless speeds not just for visitors, but for employees and vendors who use mobile point of sale devices and wireless devices to manage their back office operations.
"This is a meaningful and important step in bringing our 5G fixed wireless trials to Waco starting with the Silos," said Marachel Knight, senior vice president, Technology Planning and Engineering, AT&T. "Taking our 5G tests out of the lab and into real, high-traffic environments like the Silos will bring a fantastic customer experience while helping us learn even more about building a 5G network of the future for both consumers and businesses."
"Connectivity is at the core of every company's digital transformation. 5G will have a significant impact on how businesses work and how they engage with their customers," said Mo Katibeh, chief marketing officer, AT&T Business. "The trial with Magnolia helps drive a path for businesses of all sizes to have access to massive capacity via 5G to serve their employees and their customers in ways we couldn't have even dreamed of just a few years ago."
During 5G trials in Waco, AT&T will be testing millimeter wave spectrum and 5G radio and antenna prototypes. The network function virtualization platform AT&T FlexWare SM will be used as the router for the 5G network.
AT&T plan to expand the 5G trial to additional trial participants in Waco. Those may include small businesses, residential customers, churches and large educational institutions.
Results from these 5G trials will help speed up standards-based 5G deployment as soon as late 2018.