The nationwide race to deliver 5G coverage is on, but who’s winning? Although Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are boasting about their respective maps, the race is far from over. Sprint has bowed out due to its merger with T-Mobile, and its network is currently being reworked. Let’s take a look at where 5G is available in the US and how soon it might come to a town near you.
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First and foremost, the US is a huge country. As a result, 5G is a long way from being a nationwide option on every carrier. With that in mind, let’s break down the three main coverage maps to find your best bet.
T-Mobile’s 5G map
T-Mobile is currently leading in the 5G race, thanks in no small part to the merger with Sprint. As a result, T-Mobile also has the nicest looking coverage map to show off its nationwide network. There are actually two 5G networks at play, however — one that covers nearly 5,000 cities and 200 million Americans, and a millimeter-wave network that’s only available in parts of six major cities. Those lucky cities are as follows:
- Las Vegas
- Los Angeles
- New York
The reason for the two different coverage maps is that T-Mobile is relying on two separate technologies. It uses Band 71 — its 600MHz spectrum for the nationwide coverage because it’s more effective at penetrating buildings and covering long distances. The mmWave technology as mentioned above can’t reach as far, but it’s a faster option than Band 71.
Verizon’s 5G map
As compared with T-Mobile’s coverage, Verizon’s map looks rather bare. However, this is partially explained by the fact that Verizon is only using mmWave technology. Overall, it means that Verizon is a good option for peak speeds, but it won’t be nearly as effective in buildings. So far, Verizon’s 5G map includes 35 major cities, which you can find below:
You can click on each city for a more in-depth coverage map that shows you the specifics for each location. Unfortunately, 5G isn’t available throughout each of the 31 cities, but Verizon says it’s growing the network every day.
AT&T’s 5G map
Finally, we have the AT&T 5G coverage map. Like T-Mobile, AT&T is using two different technologies to provide coverage — an 850Hz network for far-reaching coverage and a mmWave network for power and speed. AT&T’s mmWave network goes by the name 5G Plus, and it’s faster but you’ll struggle to make the most of it indoors.
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AT&T offers one of the best breakdowns of city-by-city coverage, with signal in parts of 46 states as well as Puerto Rico. Here are the select cities that support 5G Plus for the highest speeds:
- AZ: Phoenix
- CA: Los Angeles, Menlo Park, Oakland, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, West Hollywood
- FL: Jacksonville, Miami, Miami Gardens, Orlando
- GA: Atlanta
- IN: Indianapolis
- KY: Louisville
- LA: New Orleans
- MD: Baltimore, Ocean City
- MI: Detroit
- NC: Charlotte, Raleigh
- NV: Las Vegas
- NY: New York City
- OH: Cleveland
- OK: Oklahoma City
- PA: King of Prussia, Philadelphia
- TN: Nashville
- TX: Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Waco
You can also head over to AT&T’s 5G page for a more accurate map of where coverage is available in each of the cities.