AT&T’s low-band 5G community is expanding to 28 new regions today, together with Austin, Miami, Dallas, and Salt Lake City. If you’ve been ready for a slight velocity increase over your present LTE connection and have a 5G-compatible cellphone, you may want to verify in case your neighborhood is a part of this newest enlargement.
Technically, we’re speaking about AT&T’s low-band 5G community, which has barely higher speeds and latency in contrast to 4G LTE. When OpenSignal tested 5G speeds from main cellphone carriers in downtown cities over the winter, it discovered AT&T’s low-band obtain speeds averaged 59.3Mbps. The low-band community will not be to be confused with AT&T’s 5G Plus, a high-band community with mmWave frequencies, which provide far quicker web speeds than low-band choices — sometimes over 1Gbps. The firm additionally affords one other “5G” possibility: 5G E. But that’s not actual 5G in any respect, however moderately a slightly faster version of LTE. Yes, it’s all a little bit complicated.
My colleague Chaim Gartenberg did a robust explainer on 5G earlier this month and defined that though 5G, on the whole, will add to and improve mobile expertise, it offers loads of tradeoffs due to how 5G radio’s electromagnetic spectrum works, how costly 5G smartphones are, and the restricted vary of 5G community protection.
The new addition brings AT&T’s whole quantity up to 355 protection areas, although its massive milestone was in April when the service launched its low-band 5G in 137 new cities together with Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Nashville, and Tallahassee. The service’s promising nationwide 5G by the top of the 12 months. Here’s the complete listing of all of the areas now providing low-band 5G beginning right this moment:
- West Palm Beach
- Aibonito Municipality
- Rincon Municipality
- San Juan
- Navarro County
- Wilson County