The company launched a 5G pilot in Waco at Magnolia Market at The Silos, a retail complex owned by HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines that attracts about 5,000 tourists a day.
It also opened a new lab in Austin this spring to simulate how the mobile 5G network will be used by customers. And it is working with Samsung’s semiconductor facility in Austin to test how 5G could be used in manufacturing.
Verizon launched its 5G network earlier this year, but it’s a broadband replacement instead of a standards-based mobile service.
Verizon 5G Home, which went live in October, uses a device that resembles a home broadband router to deliver Wi-Fi. It costs $70 a month, or $50 a month for Verizon customers. It’s available in only one Texas city: Houston. It’s also available in Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento, Calif.
The rival carrier also plans to release a 5G smartphone with Samsung in the first half of 2019.