AT&T 5G / 5G E network coverage map: which cities are covered?
This misleading tactic aside, in the middle of 2019, AT&T is starting to roll out a true 5G network across the nation using mostly millimeter wave (mmWave) technology like its competitor Verizon Wireless. mmWave uses high-frequency signaling to deliver incredible speeds, but at the cost of coverage as the signal cannot travel far and cannot penetrate buildings. Executives from the competitors have made fun of such networks calling them "hotspot 5G", referring to the scant coverage for those networks.
And there is definitely a lot of truth to that: the AT&T 5G network is currently live in just a few places in select cities across the nation. But before we dive deeper into that, take a look at this picture that lays out AT&T's grand 5G roll-out plan...
The name AT&T uses to refer to its "true" 5G network is "Mobile 5G", and this is the network that the carrier is starting to roll out in the middle of 2019.
The carrier is currently rolling out small cells that will deliver service using the 39GHz (mmWave) band, also referred to as band n260. While future coverage will also deploy on lower frequency spectrum, so far it seems that the initial launch will be all based on millimeter wave, hence it will be limited to “pockets of dense areas” within cities.
Like most carriers in the US, AT&T starts with very few 5G phones on offer, and to be perfectly precise, with AT&T the network launches with just one phone, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. Worse yet, the Galaxy S10 5G is only offered to business customers and AT&T has not yet announced when it will start selling 5G phones to regular customers.
One interesting detail is that developers visiting the AT&T Share conference on June 22nd in Los Angeles received a Galaxy S10 5G to start creating apps for the next-gen network. Those apps will be later presented at a hackathon event, but this just speaks to the fact that the technology is just starting to grow and regular customers will have to wait a while before they are able to make use of the network.
AT&T Mobile 5G Cities and Coverage
In summer 2019, AT&T has started its Mobile 5G roll out with 20 cities in the United States:
- CA: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose
- FL: Jacksonville, Orlando
- GA: Atlanta
- IN: Indianapolis
- KY: Louisville
- LA: New Orleans
- NC: Charlotte, Raleigh
- OK: Oklahoma City
- TN: Nashville
- TX: Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Waco
The carrier also offers 5G to business customers in Las Vegas NV. Keep in mind that AT&T is actively developing the network and will be launching new markets throughout 2019, with Chicago and Minneapolis being two major areas where it will expand in the future.