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    AT&T public 5G trial in Waco Texas

    http://about.att.com/story/5g_trail_...olia_waco.html

    AT&T* is kicking off its largest 5G fixed wireless trial with Magnolia in Waco, Texas, at the Silos. Not only is this our largest trial in terms of mobile traffic, but it also marks our largest 5G trial with a home and lifestyle brand.

    “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.”

    The 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) system will distribute connections throughout the location of the Silos via Wi-Fi. Visitors and employees at the Silos 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.

    “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.”
    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.

    “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 (mmWave) spectrum and 5G radio and antenna prototypes. We’ll will use our network function virtualization platform, AT&T FlexWareSM, as the router for the 5G network.

    We plan to expand the 5G trial to additional trial participants in Waco. Those may include small businesses, residential customers, churches and large educational institutions.

    It’s important for us to conduct 5G trials like this one and to learn how these technologies function in a real-world environment and help drive outcomes for businesses across all industries. Results from these 5G trials will help speed up standards-based 5G deployment as soon as late 2018.

    At the same time, trial participants like Magnolia are experiencing an early glimpse into the future and seeing some of the real-life benefits we expect tomorrow’s 5G to offer.

    I'll test it out soon and report speeds and ping as I live 35 miles away.


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    is this real 5G or phantom ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by paranoid87 View Post
    is this real 5G or phantom ?
    Appears to be true 5G.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nucleartx View Post
    Appears to be true 5G.


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    What device will you test it with?

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    Has the standard been established yet or is AT&T/Verizon testing out their own version of 5GNR ala Wimax?
    “The Internet wasn’t meant to be metered in bits and bytes, so it’s insane that wireless companies are still making you buy it this way. The rate plan is dead — it’s a fossil from a time when wireless was metered by every call or text.” John Legere 1/5/2017

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    Well, if you have to log on via Wi-Fi than it's not a 5th generation cellular network is it? Just Wi-Fi utilizing mmWave spectrum. Like bmtvaquero asked, what devices support that?? Currently devices only support 2.4 or 5 GHz afaik.

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    It sounds like the 5G connection is between the AT&T tower and a central antenna on the business. That in turn, is then distributed by the business' regular WiFi nodes. I suppose it is to allow a business to provide WiFi to a very large number of users, and they will still get fast speeds.

    We all know what kind of "speeds" we usually get at public WiFi.

    Tests for individuals still to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mframe View Post
    It sounds like the 5G connection is between the AT&T tower and a central antenna on the business. That in turn, is then distributed by the business' regular WiFi nodes. I suppose it is to allow a business to provide WiFi to a very large number of users, and they will still get fast speeds.

    We all know what kind of "speeds" we usually get at public WiFi.

    Tests for individuals still to come.
    Ah...thats a good explanation. Can't wait to see some results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paranoid87 View Post
    is this real 5G or phantom ?
    It's non standardized vendor implementation. Earliest commercial NSA deployments for 5G NR will come in 2019. 3GPP is only finishing up Release 15 phase 1.1 standardization this month.
    Last edited by sheytoon; 12-19-2017 at 09:07 AM.
    Want to learn more about how LTE works?
    https://productioncommunity.publicmo...ls/td-p/130581

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    The first specs (NSA) are now approved as of today:
    http://www.3gpp.org/news-events/3gpp...1929-nsa_nr_5g

    SA standardization will come in June 2018.

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    Will 5G NR use OFDM like LTE? Hopefully we can see 40/80/160 MHz 5G NR signals.

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    Nevermind Qualcomm has been working on a 160 MHz wide 5G NR transmitter.

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    It's filtered OFDM, which has a smaller guard band compared to LTE. I think individual channel sizes can be as large as 100 MHz each, but I'm not sure about that. I haven't heard of 160 MHz. Do you have a link?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheytoon View Post
    It's filtered OFDM, which has a smaller guard band compared to LTE. I think individual channel sizes can be as large as 100 MHz each, but I'm not sure about that. I haven't heard of 160 MHz. Do you have a link?
    It was on one of Qualcomm's PDFs.

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