AT&T Launches Mobile 5G Service in 7 More Cities

Yolanda Curtis
April 11, 2019

In doing so, the telecommunications company says it now offers mobile 5G service to a total of 19 U.S. cities which is "well ahead" of its competition, according to the firm.

AT&T is now the only 5G carrier in 19 cities of the US. AT&T made an investment of almost $145 billion in its network in the past five years. However, it still only has a single 5G device, a $500 Netgear hotspot you probably won't be allowed to buy.

Even still, AT&T does have plans to roll out a legitimate 5G network, and it's moving fast: the carrier has now expanded its fledgling mobile network to "parts" of seven more cities, including Austin, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose.

AT&T says it spent most of early 2019 laying the groundwork for its own 5G platform, collaborating with early adopters along the way.

Although it was the first United States carrier to introduce 5G wireless service in late 2018, AT&T has yet to carry a phone with support. And, from what we gather, it's not as if AT&T is anxious to sell you one.

Mike Ballerino, director of Construction at HCS, said the 5G hotspot is a great way for the company to transfer big files, particularly on site.

AT&T promises access to the 5G S10 later this spring when Verizon's exclusivity rights expire, and to another unnamed Samsung device later in this year.

5G mobile networks will complement the current 4G LTE networks mobile device users have been using to connect to the internet. The lower frequency, "sub-6" spectrum will arrive in 2020 bringing about a much wider footprint. There's a long way to go before AT&T 5G covers the nation, but this is certainly a good start.

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