AT&T expands 5G network to cover over 160 million people in 327 markets
The carrier is making progress toward a nationwide 5G network.
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network is growing, expanding on Monday to now cover over 160 million people in 327 markets. Among the new areas that can now tap into 5G are Atlanta, Baton Rouge and Nashville.
AT&T previously announced that it planned to launch a nationwide 5G in the first half of 2020. With the coronavirus disrupting the world, that timeline moved toward having a nationwide 5G network by the end of the summer. Monday's news, however, brings the carrier much closer to reaching that goal.
Low-band 5G currently offers speeds that are largely equivalent to a strong
connection (what AT&T calls "5GE") but does so with significantly better coverage than other flavors such as midband or millimeter-wave 5G. AT&T also offers faster millimeter-wave 5G, what it calls 5G Plus, in parts of 35 cities.
A 5G-capable wireless plan, either Unlimited Extra or Unlimited Elite, is required by the carrier to access the new network. You also will need a 5G-capable device.