AT&T (opens in new tab) is continuing to roll out its 5G coverage nationwide. The carrier announced yesterday that it has launched its 5G network to a total of 179 million people, with 28 new markets nationwide.
To be clear, this is AT&T’s low-band 5G network. The carrier uses dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) to help roll out 5G more quickly, but DSS acts more as a bridge between 4G and AT&T’s 5G Plus when it comes to internet speeds. This stuff is complicated, you can check out our guide to 5G (opens in new tab) to learn more about how it works, but the company itself has called its low-band 5G a “stepping stone” toward mmWave 5G coverage, meaning we’re still on the LTE spectrum for the meantime.
Making the announcement (opens in new tab) yesterday Igal Elbaz, SVP of wireless and access technology, said: “DSS is an important stepping stone on our path to nationwide 5G. We were the first U.S. carrier to deploy this technology in our network, and it’s now playing an important role as we work toward a nationwide 5G footprint this summer.”
AT&T had initially said (opens in new tab) that it was aiming "toward offering nationwide coverage in the first half of 2020." Well, today officially marks that half-way point (we know right, it’s been a slow starter) but with coronavirus-related holdups, this is still a big step toward AT&T’s goal of nationwide 5G coverage. We're sure it'll be coming to a smartphone (opens in new tab) or laptop (opens in new tab) near you soon.
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AT&T is one of the best internet providers (opens in new tab) and cell phone carriers (opens in new tab), but like most providers its coverage isn’t universal. Its 5G coverage map (opens in new tab)will tell you if your area is covered, and to find out if there’s better coverage from another provider, we’re rounded up the cell phone coverage maps (opens in new tab) of all the top providers. In fact, we deemed T-Mobile the best 5G provider in our T-Mobile review (opens in new tab).