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AT&T adds 5G to 90 new markets, nearly doubling its coverage

AT&T adds 5G to 90 new markets, nearly doubling its coverage


For a total of 190 markets covering 120 million people

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AT&T is nearly doubling the number of markets in which it offers its 5G network, with coverage in 90 new areas starting today. The new additions bring AT&T’s total number up to over 190 markets covering more than 120 million people.

A quick recap of AT&T’s different 5G brands:

  • 5G E — really just upgraded LTE
  • 5G — uses low-band 850MHz spectrum technology, similar to T-Mobile’s 600MHz network, which will comprise the bulk of the carrier’s 5G network across the US
  • 5G Plus — mmWave 5G, based in high-band radio frequencies

New cities on the list include Sacramento, Chicago, New Orleans, Seattle, and Madison. For the full list, check out AT&T’s announcement here. For now, the new cities are just getting access to AT&T’s low-band 850MHz network, not its faster (but shorter-range) mmWave network.

AT&T’s low-band 5G network launched in December 2019, and it has been steadily expanding since then, although today’s news marks the biggest expansion for the network so far. AT&T’s mmWave network — which launched for consumer access back in March alongside the Galaxy S20 Plus and S20 Ultra — hasn’t seen nearly the same rate of expansion, though, offering coverage in parts of 35 cities.