AT&T 5G / 5G E network coverage map: which cities are covered?

AT&T 5G / 5G E network coverage map: which cities are covered?
AT&T has been one of the most controversial carriers when it comes to the launch of a 5G network in the United States. And the reason for that lies in the misleading 5G Evolution (also known as 5G E) network that it rolled out earlier in 2019, which was essentially an improved 4G LTE network, but definitely not 5G in any common terms. In fact, in some places, the 5G E network had slower speeds than a traditional 4G LTE network.

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...

AT&T's Grand 5G Roll-Out Plan



Mobile 5G



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.

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5 Comments

1. Godlymansean

Posts: 337; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Seem to be in the lead

2. underwood2012

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 12, 2009

There are a few things wrong in this article: 1.) AT&T announced their 5G Evolution “marketing” back in 2017 but didn’t start changing the network indicator on the phones until early this year. 2.) AT&T launched their 5G NR network at the end of 2018 — being the first in the US to do so — not mid-2019 as stated above.

3. underwood2012

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 12, 2009

Also, I feel like AT&T has been pretty upfront with what 5G Evolution (5GE) is meant to stand for. Do I think they could have chosen a better way to brand it? Absolutely. I’m not a fan of the 5GE name. They should have treated it like Verizon did XLTE: Great marketing term, but no need to slap a logo onto handsets. AT&T has always stated 5GE is enabling advanced LTE technologies & getting software-upgradable equipment on the towers so they can have a 5G-ready network. I’ve never once seen them call it an actual fifth generation network. Is it misleading? Yes. Confusing? For most. But as soon as someone reads any information on it directly from AT&T it becomes clear it’s just a name for their upgraded LTE network.

5. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 103; Member since: May 29, 2019

There are too many people who don't read beyond the brand flair, that's all they intend to do, to exploit those who don't know any better.

4. inFla

Posts: 97; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

Have 5GE on my phone, its pretty fast.

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