AT&T has announced that it will be making its 5G service available to tens of millions of consumers and businesses ahead of the company’s plans to offer nationwide 5G coverage in the first half of 2020. Customers with AT&T Unlimited Extra and AT&T Unlimited Elite plans will be able to access the 5G service, with their first low-band 5G smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G. The smartphone is available to pre-order from November 25.
“When we introduced the U.S. to 5G last year, we started with a business-first and experience-based strategy to lay the foundation for innovation to come,” said Thaddeus Arroyo, CEO, AT&T Consumer. “We’re now introducing consumers to the future of wireless with broad 5G service included in our best unlimited plans for 5G devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G.”
AT&T will initially launch its 5G network over low-band spectrum in Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Providence, R.I., Rochester, N.Y., and San Diego market areas. The company also plans to launch its 5G service in several more markets, which include Boston, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, New York City, San Francisco, Birmingham, Ala., Bridgeport, Conn., Buffalo, NY, Louisville, Ky., San Jose, Calif.
Besides AT&T’s launch of 5G service over low-band spectrum, the company has announced that it will continue to offer its 5G+ service over mmWave spectrum to businesses. The NR standards-based 5G service is currently available in parts of 21 cities, and the company plans to reach parts of 30 cities with 5G+ in early 2020.
Coverage maps are available on the AT&T website to see which areas the 5G service is available.
Verizon, one of the other major carriers in the U.S., this week revealed its 5G coverage map after criticism from users and competitors that it was not showing where its 5G service could be accessed. Verizon, which launched its 5G service in Boston, Houston and Sioux Falls on November 19 now brings its 5G service availability to parts of 18 cities. The company plans to increase its coverage to 30 cities by the end of 2019.
The company has previously said that it was launching its coverage near landmarks and in high-traffic areas where more people could experience the 5G lightning fast speeds. However, the company has received criticism that its 5G availability is somewhat sparse.