The largest 5G fixed wireless trial was kicked off by AT&T last week at Magnolia at the Silos in Waco.
AT&T stated the trial is not only the largest in terms of mobile traffic, but it marks their largest 5G trial with a home and lifestyle brand.
Marachel Knight, senior vice president of Technology Planning and Engineering said it is a meaningful and important step in bring 5G fixed wireless trials to Waco starting with the Silos.
“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,” Knight said.
Nearly 5,000 people visit the Silos daily and the 5G system will distribute connection throughout the location via Wi-Fi. Visitors and employees at the Silos will be some of the first to experience the trial service by simply logging onto Wi-Fi through their mobile devices.
David Washburn, Magnolia information technology manager said they are always looking for opportunities to implement innovative solutions.
“We’re excited to see how this technology enhances efficiencies for vendor partners and employees alike,” Washburn said.
The trial will enable faster wireless speeds that will help employees and vendors who use mobile point of sale devices and wireless devices to manage their back-office operations.
Mo Katibeh, AT&T Business chief marketing officer said connectivity is at the core of every company’s digital transformation. Katibeh said 5G will have a significant impact on how businesses work and how they engage with their customers.
“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,” Katibeh said.
During the trials in Waco, AT&T will test millimeter wave spectrum and 5G radio and antenna prototypes. The company will use their network function virtualization platform, AT&T FlexWare as the router for the 5G network.
AT&T said they plan to expand the trial to additional participants in Waco, including small businesses, residential customers, churches, and large educational institutions.