AT&T brings 5G to Austin, Miami, Salt Lake City, and 25 other regions

Bringing the total to 355 areas covered with AT&T’s low-band 5

AT&T’s low-band 5G network is expanding to 28 new regions today, including Austin, Miami, Dallas, and Salt Lake City. If you’ve been waiting for a slight speed boost over your current LTE connection and have a 5G-compatible phone, you might want to check if your neighborhood is part of this latest expansion.

Technically, we’re talking about AT&T’s low-band 5G network, which has slightly better speeds and latency compared to 4G LTE. When OpenSignal tested 5G speeds from major phone carriers in downtown cities over the winter, it found AT&T’s low-band download speeds averaged 59.3Mbps. The low-band network is not to be confused with AT&T’s 5G Plus, a high-band network with mmWave frequencies, which offer far faster internet speeds than low-band offerings — sometimes over 1Gbps. The company also offers another “5G” option: 5G E. But that’s not real 5G at all, but rather a slightly faster version of LTE. Yes, it’s all a little confusing.

The new addition brings AT&T’s total number up to 355 coverage areas, though its big milestone was in April when the carrier launched its low-band 5G in 137 new cities including Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Nashville, and Tallahassee. The carrier’s promising nationwide 5G by the end of the year. Here’s the full list of all the areas now offering low-band 5G starting today:  Arkansas  Ouachita County Florida  Melbourne Miami Orlando West Palm Beach Hawaii  Maui County Idaho  Idaho County Illinois  Alton-Granite City Michigan  Jackson Missouri  Columbia Minnesota  Chippewa County North Dakota/Minnesota  Fargo-Moorhead Oregon  Eugene-Springfield Pennsylvania  Crawford County Puerto Rico  Aguadilla Aibonito Municipality Arecibo Mayaguez Ponce Rincon Municipality San Juan Tennessee  Lake County Texas  Austin Dallas Navarro County Victoria Wilson County Utah  Salt Lake City

My colleague Chaim Gartenberg did a robust explainer on 5G earlier this month and explained that although 5G, in general, will add to and enhance cellular technology, it provides a lot of tradeoffs due to how 5G radio’s electromagnetic spectrum works, how expensive 5G smartphones are, and the limited range of 5G network coverage

The new addition brings AT&T’s total number up to 355 coverage areas, though its big milestone was in April when the carrier launched its low-band 5G in 137 new cities including Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Nashville, and Tallahassee. The carrier’s promising nationwide 5G by the end of the year. Here’s the full list of all the areas now offering low-band 5G starting today:

Arkansas

  • Ouachita County

Florida

  • Melbourne
  • Miami
  • Orlando
  • West Palm Beach

Hawaii

  • Maui County

Idaho

  • Idaho County

Illinois

  • Alton-Granite City

Michigan

  • Jackson

Missouri

  • Columbia

Minnesota

  • Chippewa County

North Dakota/Minnesota

  • Fargo-Moorhead

Oregon

  • Eugene-Springfield

Pennsylvania

  • Crawford County

Puerto Rico

  • Aguadilla
  • Aibonito Municipality
  • Arecibo
  • Mayaguez
  • Ponce
  • Rincon Municipality
  • San Juan

Tennessee

  • Lake County

Texas

  • Austin
  • Dallas
  • Navarro County
  • Victoria
  • Wilson County

Utah

  • Salt Lake City

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