AT&T Announces That It Now Offers 5G Service to 7 More Cities

An AT&T logo is pictured in Pasadena, California, U.S.
An AT&T logo is pictured in Pasadena, California, U.S., January 24, 2018. (Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo)

AT&T's mobile 5G service is now live in seven more cities in the U.S. allowing more people to enjoy 5G networks. Of course, this good news doesn't come without a few caveats. Read on for more details.

In a press release, mobile carrier AT&T announced that they are adding 7 more cities to the list of locations where their 5G service is live.

SlashGear notes that previously, AT&T was able to launch its 5G networks in 12 different cities. With the addition of 7 more cities, AT&T now provides 5G to 19 cities.

Andre Fuetsch, president of AT&T Labs and chief technology officer, said that while they spent the last most of 2018 introducing the new mobile network to the country, they spent the early part of 2019 expanding their 5G network coverage in an attempt to provide early adopters with the conveniences the new network promises to provide.

Fuetsch said that now, more business and consumers will be able to enjoy 5G connectivity. People from Austin, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose will now be able to enjoy 5G via AT&T.

Bragging rights

Being the first to roll out 5G service, AT&T has a few bragging rights and is not ashamed to boast of a few things they achieved with the new mobile network.

First, the carrier said they were able to surpass 1-gigabit mobile speeds on a live 5G connection. Creatives, businesses, streamers and other professionals using mobile internet will be thrilled to have this kind of mobile speed within reach.

Second, being the first on 5G, AT&T said they are working on expanding their 5G network and, by early 2020, they expect to offer the best combination of mobile 5G which uses mmWave spectrum (which allows for greater mobile speeds) and "sub-6" spectrum (which allows for broader coverage).

Third, AT&T also boasts of having satisfied customers. One of their clients, HCS Inc. General Contractor's Director of Construction, Mike Ballerino, said AT&T's 5G service allows them to send files faster and manage their workflow better. With 5G, he said they work more quickly than ever before.

Caveats

Although promising, 5G is still in its early stages and transitioning to it brings some caveats, at least for the time being, Engadget notes. First, 5G coverage tends to be "spotty" as of now, due to high frequencies. Second, the number of devices supporting 5G is limited at the moment.

Still, 5G is a promising network. AT&T has taken the first step by introducing it and then expanding their coverage. It's interesting to see how this turns out in the near future. 

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