A user equipment (UE) device in a wireless communication network adaptively selects a first Radio Access Technology (RAT) to initially perform a Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN) search for a given Mobile Network Operator (MNO). The adaptive RAT selection performed by the UE device is based on one or more sets of RAT selection criteria, such as frequency band readiness, UE device location, RAT deployment time frames, network configurations, and so on. In addition, the UE device implements adaptive RAT preference lists associated with the different RAT selection criteria. Each of the adaptive RAT preference lists indicates a RAT selection order to be followed by the UE device depending on, for example, the current RAT selection criteria being implemented by the UE device.

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