AT&T has just added 5G in 10 cities, taking the tally to 35 cities in the U.S. However, speeds will only be sparsely available for the users, as is the case with 5G connectivity in the rest of the U.S.
AT&T customers can access 5G in the following regions starting right away:
- Cleveland, OH
- Menlo Park, CA
- Miami, FL
- Miami Gardens, FL
- Oakland, CA
- Ocean City, MD
- Phoenix, AZ
- Philadelphia, PA
- Redwood City, CA
- San Bruno, CA
The networks have been switched on in six separate states, so it’s a pretty big rollout. Verizon recently set a target of reaching 30 5G markets by the end of 2019, with the company comfortably exceeding its target by December 23, 2019. Verizon and AT&T use the mmWave 5G signals which offer great speeds but sparse coverage. In comparison, T-Mobile’s 600 MHz 5G network is more robust and can offer better range while its speeds are somewhat slower compared to AT&T and Verizon’s offerings.
Then there’s also the matter of getting the right phone that supports the carrier’s 5G signals. The current selection includes a handful of phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, as well as the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. With the 2020 lineup of flagships expected to be announced over the next couple of months, we can expect to see more flagships as well as mid-range devices with 5G reaching the markets. However, carriers will have to ensure wider coverage and better compatibility in every region before 5G can become mainstream in the U.S.
Globally, 5G is still in its nascent stages. So the focus on 5G, for now, appears to be a priority only for countries like the U.S., UK, South Korea, and so on.
Do you have 5G coverage in your area?
Via: Droid Life