Frisco Station developers announced a partnership with AT&T to incorporate 5G Evolution technology into the infrastructure of the 242-acre mixed-use development.
This would allow smartphone users within the development to have stronger signal strength and free public Wi-Fi inside or outside of buildings, said Robert Folzenlogen, Hillwood Properties senior vice president.
"The benefit will be to people who are taking a walk in the 30-acre park system and have better Wi-Fi capability and better data download capabilities; people who are working in office buildings and have better communication signal strength; and people who are coming to visit and are looking up a restaurant to go to," he said.
Frisco Station is being master planned to have AT&T's fiber technology built into the ground, Folzenlogan said. This plus some above-ground technology will allow users to access 5G and Wi-Fi capabilities anywhere within the development.
Folzenlogen also said many people who don't have AT&T as a phone carrier will still be able to use the 5G technology within Frisco Station.
This will also allow for faster communication in transportation technology, such as Drive.ai's autonomous vehicles, Audi's Traffic Light Information system and uberAir's future flying vehicles, Folzenlogen said.
"We're early adopters and really a testbed for this technology, which ultimately will be rolled out and will become more commonplace within other communities," he said.