When and Where You Can Get It (Updated for 2024)
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When and Where You Can Get It (Updated for 2024)

AT&T is one of many carriers with a 5G network throughout the US, and was the first to launch mobile 5G services in select cities on December 21, 2018.

AT&T 5G Cities

AT&T’s 5G+ service (the mmWave type) is live in more than 50 cities, including:

  • AK: Springdale
  • AL: Birmingham
  • AR: Little Rock, Pine Bluff
  • AZ: Phoenix
  • CA: Anaheim, Bakersfield, Fairfield, Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Modesto, Monterey, Oxnard, Sacramento, Salinas, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, Santa Ana, Santa Rosa, Stockton, Vallejo, Yuba City
  • CO: Colorado Springs, Denver
  • CT: Bridgeport, Hartford, New London, North Haven, West Haven
  • DC: Washington, DC
  • DE: Wilmington
  • FL: Daytona Beach, Ocala, Orlando
  • GA: Atlanta, Macon, Warner Robbins
  • HI: Honolulu
  • ID: Boise City
  • IL: Chicago
  • IN: Anderson, Evansville, Indianapolis, Muncie
  • KS: Lawrence, Wichita
  • KY: Lexington-Fayette, Louisville
  • LA: New Orleans
  • MA: Boston, New Bedford, Worcester
  • MD: Baltimore, Ocean City
  • MI: Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids
  • MN: Minneapolis, St. Paul
  • MO: Columbia, Kansas City, St. Joseph
  • MS: Jackson
  • NC: Charlotte, Durham, Raleigh
  • NJ: Asbury Park, Atlantic City, New Brunswick, Trenton, Vineland
  • NV: Las Vegas
  • NY: Buffalo, Lake Placid, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse
  • OH: Akron, Canton, Cincinatti, Cleveland, Columbus
  • OK: Oklahoma City, Tulsa,
  • OR: Medford, Portland, Salem
  • PA: King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, University Park, Warren, Youngstown
  • RI: Providence
  • SC: Charlotte, Greenville
  • TN: Knoxville, Nashville
  • TX: Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, College Station, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Galveston, Houston, Killeen, Lubbock, San Antonio, Sherman, Temple, Victoria
  • UT: Orem, Provo, Salt Lake City
  • WA: Seattle
  • WI: Kenosha, Milwaukee

AT&T’s low-band 5G network is available in over 22,000 cities. They also use mid-band spectrum to provide a combination of fast speeds and wide coverage.

As of January 2024, this is AT&T’s 5G coverage map for the continental US and southern Canada:


What Is AT&T’s 5G Network?

AT&T offers three types of service, depending on how far the signal needs to reach. 5G+ uses millimeter-wave spectrum or mid-band spectrum, the former of which is available in over 50 cities. The low-band network has currently reached over 285 million people in the US and is usable in more than 22,000 cities and towns.

The 5G network from AT&T is mobile, meaning that customers can access the network from anywhere they get AT&T service. The company is also planning to offer a fixed wireless access (FWA) solution where you can get 5G internet at home.

While the AT&T 5G mobile plan isn’t yet available for purchase by all of the public, their 5G Evolution service works in lots of areas. 5G Evolution not only allows ultrafast speeds but lays the groundwork for 5G rollouts.

AT&T 5G Plan Details

AT&T is branding their mmWave and mid-band network as 5G+. Their nationwide, low-band network is called 5G.

Several unlimited plans support 5G. See AT&T’s 5G phones to see what’s compatible with the network.

AT&T 5G Evolution Markets

5G Evolution is a term AT&T uses to describe their ultrafast wireless internet service. It’s available in only select locations but provides a taste of what full-blown 5G is like, delivering theoretical speeds of up to 400 Mbps (though often around 40 Mbps in real-world situations).

AT&T has upgraded its cell towers to support 5G Evolution not only to enable faster speeds that users can take advantage of right now, but also to more easily upgrade them to 5G when ready—once 5G radios are installed, software can be used to push out new functionalities and upgrades.

These are just some of the 5G Evolution cities that AT&T supports: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Bridgeport, Buffalo, Chicago, Fresno, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Tulsa, and Sacramento.

The company puts a “5GE” logo at the top of some Android and iOS devices to show that the device is connected to a 5G Evolution cell tower. However, while 5G Evolution is faster than LTE, it’s important to know that 5GE is really just an advanced form of it, usually called 4G LTE-A.

AT&T’s 5G Fixed Wireless Access Service

AT&T offers fixed wireless internet, but not of the 5G variety. All the cities mentioned above pertain to the mobile service, not a FWA service that will beam internet to your home.

However, AT&T has had fixed wireless internet trials in places like South Bend IN, Kalamazoo MI, Austin TX, and Waco TX. The 5G speeds seen in one of these deployments were upwards of 1 Gbps, with less than 20 ms latency.

AT&T Wireless Broadband is the company’s current AT&T Business offering that provides speeds of up to 100 Mbps. This is one component that AT&T says provides the groundwork for customers to upgrade to AT&T 5G as it becomes available.

AT&T will make its move to provide 5G fixed wireless access to areas that don’t currently have broadband service, but no specific cities have been announced. However, they will kick it off by using LTE in Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum before migrating to 5G.

In early 2019, the company’s CEO said that in a “three- to five-year time horizon, unequivocally, 5G will serve as a fixed broadband replacement product,” and that he’s “very convicted that that will be the case. We are obviously on a standards-based path that is mobile first.”

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