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AT&T Launches a Public 5G Trial in Waco, Texas

Mid age woman sitting at tableToday AT&T announced that they are opening up their 5G fixed wireless internet trial to visitors of the Magnolia at the Silos in Waco Texas.

“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.”

Every day 5,000 people visit the silos to shop at the Magnolia Market. Now they will be able to enjoy Wifi powered by AT&T 5G fixed wireless internet.

“At Magnolia, we’re always looking for opportunities to implement innovative solutions,” said David Washburn, information technology manager, Magnolia. “We’re excited to see how this technology enhances efficiencies for vendor partners and employees alike.”

AT&T says they plan to expand the 5G trial to additional trial participants in Waco, TX. Those may include small businesses, residential customers, churches and large educational institutions.

5G brings with it the hope that someday you will not only have DSL or cable as a home internet option but a long list of wireless home internet options. Verizon plans to launch 5G in 5 US markets in 2018. Other services are also joining the push with the goal of having half the United States covered by the end of 2020.

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10 Responses to AT&T Launches a Public 5G Trial in Waco, Texas

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    David Mote December 18, 2017 at 10:29 am #

    Waco???? How about Pittsburgh with their up and coming tech emergence.

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      Me December 18, 2017 at 10:45 am #

      Probably things like terrain, weather. This is a beta. Do you really want to test a beta in winter in Pittsburgh? Probably want a smaller market at first too. Also less regulation red tape in Texas I would assume.

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        vesalius December 18, 2017 at 12:02 pm #

        Yes and logistically close to Austin, where 5G is already running in test. More open and accommodating local and state political regulation as well.

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      Rocksleeper December 18, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

      They probably wanted to stay close to their HQ in Dallas…. And do it in a medium size city so they have enough people to test, and still have plenty of area to work.

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    mr Dave December 18, 2017 at 11:33 am #

    I guess it pays to be on HGTV with a hit show (Fixer Upper)

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      Rocksleeper December 18, 2017 at 6:01 pm #

      Or to be less than 100 miles from AT&T HQ.

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      TechSupport December 19, 2017 at 10:28 am #

      It pays to have a large silo on your property with the perfect amount of visitors for testing.

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    Wyatt Sexton December 18, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

    Doesn’t 5G cause cancer?

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      Me December 18, 2017 at 7:24 pm #

      No it does not. good grief

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      TechSupport December 19, 2017 at 10:26 am #

      ***FAKE NEWS***