AT & T's 5G network comes to NYC, but not for regular customers

AT&T technically launched the 5G service in New York City today, but as with the other 5G markets, only business customers and developers will be able to access it. The carrier sells Samsung Galaxy S10 5G for those who want to use the millimeter wave based 5G data rates. AT&T calls the launch a "limited introduction" and a "first step" for now, but it boasts that this is the 21st city where the company has launched its network.

Despite being technically the first US provider to launch 5G networks last year, AT&T lags behind Verizon in providing a 5G service that ordinary people can sign up for. Verizon's 5G network is now available in a total of nine cities, and the company plans to expand to over 30 by the end of the year. However, even Verizon's network has difficulty reaching people, thanks to its reliance on the short distance mmWave technology, which means you can only connect to the network in very limited parts of each city. But where you get service, data rates can go fast.

Coverage of AT & T's latest 5G distribution may be limited, and it may only be available to businesses, but at least today's announcement is about an actual 5G network instead of the "5GE" network, and it is as the company misleadingly refers to the 4G network. AT&T tried to claim that 5GE was a stop-gap between 4G and 5G that would provide significant benefits over today's 4G technology, but the evidence paints a different story: tests in reality show that the network wasn't faster ̵[ads1]1; in some cases, slower – than competing 4G services.

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