AT&T launches 5G network in 10 cities

Yolanda Curtis
December 15, 2019

AT&T has activated its 5G network in ten cities.

AT&T has released coverage maps for its 5G launch cities. The cities slated to receive the network in the first half of 2020 include Boston, MA; Bridgeport, CT; Buffalo, NY; Las Vegas, NV; Louisville, KY; and New York City, with more to be added throughout the year.

Unlike T-Mobile, which said download speeds would be 20% faster on a national average in its new 5G network, AT&T is not making any speed promises for its network, which runs in the 850Mhz spectrum of the company.

AT&T has reminded us they were the first to offer commercial mobile 5G in the US. The use of low-band spectrum for 5G is created to prioritise range and signal penetration as opposed to mmWave 5G (which AT&T calls 5G+), which typically offers much higher data speeds in exchange for more limited coverage.

The 5G+ network is a mmWave 5G, based in high-band radio frequencies.

And there's an even faster version, which AT&T dubbed 5G+. According to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, all four models will support both mmWave and low-band 5G in the U.S.

Of course, in order to use 5G, most people will need to purchase a new smartphone with the 5G capability. The low band network will eventually become the network that AT&T uses to cover large portions of the country with 5G.

"With the launch of AT&T 5G for consumers, we're bringing our customers new and innovative ways to connect with each other, their entertainment and their communities", said Kevin Petersen, senior vice president at AT&T mobility. But, in a surprising move, the 5G service also makes its debut in another five markets: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, CA, Milwaukee, and Birmingham, AL.

Earlier this year, AT&T began offering 5G service to businesses.

In order to receive 5G support, customers are required to have either AT&T's Unlimited Extra of Unlimited Elite plans, which start at United States dollars 75.00 or USD 85.00 per month for a single line, but it'll be offered at no extra charge for those customers.

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