AT&T has kicked off its largest 5G fixed wireless network at lifestyle and homewares centre Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas, using millimetre-wave (mmWave) spectrum and 5G radio and antenna prototypes.
During 5G trials in Waco, AT&T will also use its network function virtualization platform, AT&T FlexWareSM, as the router for the 5G network.
The 5G fixed-wireless trial will be enabled via a series of Wi-Fi access points distributed throughout the centre. Visitors and employees at the Silos center will be some of the first to experience this trial service simply by logging onto Wi-Fi through their mobile devices.
Every day, roughly 5,000 people visit the Silos to shop at Magnolia Market, Magnolia Seed and Supply, eat at the food truck park or Silos Baking Co., play games and spend time in the garden, said AT&T.
AT&T plans to expand the 5G trial to additional trial participants in Waco. Those may include small businesses, residential customers, churches and large educational institutions.