AT&T expands its 5G network to 22 new cities and introduces mmWave 5G+ in some markets
2020 is the year when 5G will become more of a reality for most people. The major US carriers are all boasting about their 5G networks, but not all of these networks are the same in terms of coverage and performance. AT&T tried to hop on the bandwagon before everyone else with their fake “5Ge,” but they also rolled out real 5G in the form of sub-6GHz connectivity last year. This week, AT&T is expanding its sub-6GHz 5G network and is finally making its mmWave network available to consumers.
5G on mmWave frequencies is the fastest offering, but it has pretty severe range limitations. This is the same 5G technology that Verizon is using, and it requires customers to be in very specific locations to connect to it. But when you can get it, AT&T promises speeds up to 2Gbps. Only the Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra support mmWave on AT&T and not the carrier’s variant of the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. The company’s mmWave network, which they are calling “5G+,” is available in 35 cities.
Last month, AT&T expanded its coverage of sub-6GHz 5G to more cities. This week, they are adding 22 more markets to the list, bringing the total number up to 80. Those markets include:
Albany, Ga.; Albany, N.Y.; Athens, Ga.; Beaverhead County, Mont.; Binghamton, N.Y.; Cincinnati, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Denver, Colo.; Hamilton, Ohio; Lancaster, Pa.; Lincoln County, Mont.; Madera County, Calif.; Madison County, Va.; Mono County, Calif.; Provo, Utah; Raleigh County, W. Va; Ross County, Ohio; Santa Rosa, Calif.; Springfield, Ohio; State College, Pa.; Sussex County, N.J. and Worcester, Mass.