AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is expanding its 5G network trial to three more cities by the end of the year. The phone provider will expand its services to business and residential customers in Waco, Texas; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and South Bend, Indiana by the end of the year.
Back in June, AT&T launched the same 5G trial in Austin, Texas. The company provided the trial to small local businesses and an apartment unit. Many residential and business users were able to run many applications at once without or reduced lag time.
Throughout the trial, AT&T said the company was able to gain new insight into millimeter wave or mmWave performance and propagation. The company learned more about how things like foliage, building materials, device placement, surrounding environment, and weather impact the reception, according to its statement.
AT&T says that the company was seeing speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second and latency rates well under 10 milliseconds for some users in Austin.
“In Austin, we see all types of weather and substantial foliage,” said Marachel Knight, senior vice president, Wireless Network Architecture and Design, AT&T. “Taking our fixed wireless 5G trials out of the lab and into the real world helps us learn important factors about mmWave and 5G. And in doing so, we’re learning how to better design our network for the future.”
AT&T is working with Ericsson, Samsung Electronics Co., Nokia, and Intel Corp. on the trials and that the company is “aggressively” researching and investing into 5G to provide users optimal and even faster services.