In Austin, AT&T is testing fixed 5G with a vehicle wash, a church, and some other small businesses, according to the company.
AT&T fixed 5G network trials will reach five total markets by the end of this year, the company announced.
The No. 2 wireless carrier, which is now conducting similar trials in Austin, will extend them to Waco, Texas; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and South Bend, Indiana, the company said. But the carrier noted a larger sample size will help AT&T better understand the performance and propagation characteristics of millimeter wave bands, such as how things like foliage, building materials, device placement, surrounding environment, and weather impact the signal and system in a real-world environment. Homes and businesses participating in the trials can stream AT&T's DirecTV Now service over a 5G connection and experience shorter lag times for video downloads and gaming. It could also be less costly to the companies than deploying fiber to the home.
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AT&T has also waived fees for customers affected by Harvey.
Rival wireless carrier Verizon Communications has said it is conducting pre-commercial trials for fixed wireless in 11 cities and that it expects a 2018 launch. It is working with Ericsson, Samsung Electronics, Nokia and Intel on the trials.
Jonathan Chaplin, an analyst at New Street Research, said in an interview that fixed wireless service would likely serve niche markets where there is no existing infrastructure for broadband. "You're more likely to get more reliable service over fiber".
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